Thrusday, January 07, 1999

CYCLONES 7, UTAH 2


Visiting goalie anything but grand

BY DAVE HELLER
Enquirer contributor

        The Cyclones ruined Don Biggs' return to Cincinnati by beating Utah 7-2 at the Crown on Wednesday.

        “Obviously the result wasn't what we wanted, but it was still a nice night to come back for,” Biggs said.

        Utah (15-16-5) came into the game with a 7-2-1 record in its last 10 games. The Grizzlies are now 8-4-2 since acquiring Biggs on Dec.3, compared to 7-12-3 before his arrival in Utah. The Cyclones (21-13-4) are 9-4-2 since dealing Biggs and Geoff Sarjeant, who went to Detroit. Cincinnati was 11-9-2 before the trades.

        Cincinnati took advantage of some shoddy goaltending by Utah's Scott LaGrand in scoring seven goals. Phil Crowe, Ed Patterson, Kirk Nielsen, Burt Henderson, Jeff Wells, Ryan Gillis and Todd Hawkins scored for the Cyclones.

        LaGrand allowed goals through his legs, over his shoulder, on rebounds and, on Crowe's slapshot from beyond the blue line.

        “It's nice to do that, we've been blitzing (goalies) who were great,” Cyclones coach Ron Smith said.

        The Cyclones continued to pile on their offense, recording over 40 shots for the third straight game.

        Gilbert Dionne had two assists, extending his consecutive point streak to 12 games, longest in the IHL this season.

        LaGrand was pulled late in the first period after allowing Patterson to sweep in his rebound, which went through the goalie's pads, but he returned in the second.

        UTAH ....... 0-1-1-2

        CINCINNATI ....... 2-2-3-7

        First period — , C, Crowe 1 (Pavlikovsky, Patterson), 2:53; 2, C, Patterson 4 (Gillis, Crowe), 15:52.

        Second period — 3, C, Nielsen 7 (Morrow, Pavlikovsky), 4:08; 4, U, Kenady 7 (Aivazoff, Zettler), 9:39; 5, C, Henderson 4 (Simon, Dionne), 13:50.

        Third period — 6, Wells 2 (Hawkins, Shevalier), ppg, 0:53; 7, U, Vukota 8 (Aivazoff, Archibald), 5:27; 8, C, Gillis 3 (Patterson), 6:17; 9, C, Hawkins 3 (Simon, Dionne), 7:36.

        Shots on goal: Utah, 6-11-10-27; Cincinnati, 14-17-12-43. Power play opportunities: Utah, 0-4; Cincinnati, 1-3. Goalies: Utah, LaGrand (4-2-1) and Vezina (4:48 of 1st period); Cincinnati, Hurme (14-5-3). Attendance: 3,722.

       



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