CINCINNATI, Ohio –The 2010 Kelly Cup Champion Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that Matt Pierce has been called up to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.
Pierce will make his second-career visit to the American Hockey League after an All-Star caliber rookie season with Cincinnati last year, where he notched 50 points (28g-22a) in 60 games. He experienced especially good success in January, netting nine goals during that month – which ranked fifth best in the ECHL. Now reunited with former Cyclones coach Chuck Weber, the 25-year-old was one of two Cincinnati players named to the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game (Jeremy Smith was the other). During the contest, Pierce had a team-high three assists for the American Conference which went on to win 10-9 in a shootout.
This season, the Arnprior, Ontario native ranks fourth on the Cyclones in scoring with 11 points (4g-7a). He found the net last night in a 5-2 Cyclones win over Kalamazoo, giving him goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season and three points in his last four games.