Cincinnati was 3-0 last week and extended its winning streak to five games and its home winning streak to seven games while moving from fourth to third in the Northwest Division, one point behind second place Peoria.
The Cyclones play at Roanoke on Friday and at Atlantic City on Sunday. Cincinnati was 2-1-0 against Atlantic City in 2001-02 and 3-3-0 against Roanoke.
The Cyclones outscored their opponents 22-3 last week, raising their scoring average from 3.53 goals per game to 4.05 goals per game while lowering their goals allowed from 2.89 goals per game to 2.64 goals per game. Cincinnati moved from seventh to first in scoring and climbed from seventh to second in goals allowed. The Cyclones went 5-for-15 on the power play and a perfect 12-for-12 on the penalty kill, raising its power-play percentage to 23.25 and its penalty-killing percentage to 86.40. Cincinnati moved from seventh to third in power-play percentage and from fourth to third in penalty killing.
The five-game winning streak is the longest active winning streak in the ECHL. The longest winning streak in the ECHL in 2002-03 is six games by South Carolina (October 11-November 1), Toledo (Nov. 1-15) and Richmond (November 9-23). The seven-game home winning streak is the longest active home winning streak in the ECHL and the second longest home winning streak overall. The longest home winning streak in the ECHL in 2002-03 is 11 games by Toledo (October 1-November 15).
The Cyclones set a couple of ECHL season highs in their 8-0 win over Wheeling on Saturday. The eight-goal winning margin is the largest in the ECHL in 2002-03 and Cincinnati’s six goals in the second period ties the ECHL high for second-period goals set by Baton Rouge on October 11 and tied by Richmond on November 22.
After not having a player score a hat trick since returning to Cincinnati in 2001-02, the Cyclones had two hat tricks in three games last week. Joe Cardarelli had three goals in Wednesday’s 8-2 win over Johnstown and Matt Noga had his first career hat trick in Saturday’s 8-0 win over Wheeling. Cardarelli has seven goals in his last three games and 10 goals in 10 games for Cincinnati, ranking him second on the team behind Noga, who has a team-leading 11 goals in 22 games. In his last five games, Noga has scored 11 points (6g-5a) giving him 27 points, second on the team behind Ryan Gaucher, who has 28 points (6g-22a). Gaucher has 12 points (2g-10a) in his last five games and ranks second among ECHL defensemen in assists and scoring. During the winning streak, Mark Kielkucki is 3-0 with a 0.86 goals against average while Greg Hewitt is 2-0 with a shutout and a 2.63 goals against average.