Monday, February 15, 1999

HOUSTON 5, CYCLONES 0


Losing streak hits five

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HOUSTON — Former Cincinnati Cyclones left wing Jeff Christian scored a pair of goals in helping the Houston Aeros to a 5-0 victory over his old team Sunday.

        The Cyclones have lost five consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 1996.

        It was just the third victory for the Aeros in 18 tries against the Cyclones.

        Cyclones left wing Gilbert Dionne, the IHL's second-leading scorer with 65 points, scored his 24th goal of the season on the power play at 12:09 of the third period.

        “We haven't been able to get much going offensively this weekend,” Cyclones coach Ron Smith said.

        Cincinnati played the game with five defensemen, after the Cyclones lost Geoff Smith was recalled by the New York Rangers and traded to the St. Louis Blues.

        Cincinnati remains in third place in the IHL's Northeast Division, with a 29-22-4 record. Houston, which has the IHL's best record at 36-8-9, opened its lead over Long Beach in the Southwest Division to 17 points.

        Cyclones ....... 0  0  1—1

        Houston ....... 2  2  1—5

        First Period: 1. Hou, Jeff Christian 29 (Brian Wiseman, Rob Valicevic), PP, 4:31. 2. Hou, Brian Wiseman 16 (Rob Valicevic, Blake Sloan), 14:18.

        Second Period: 3. Hou, Mark Freer 16 (Zac Boyer), 1:09. 4. Hou, Bill Huard 1 (Mike Yeo, Brian Sullivan), 6:41.

        Third Period: 5. Hou, Christian 30 (Trent Cull, Wiseman), 3:01. 6. Cin, Gilbert Dionne 24 (Todd Simon), ppg, 12:09.

        Shots On Goal: Cyclones 23 (8-7-8), Houston 38 (12-10-16). Power Plays: Cyclones 1-3, Houston 1-3. Penalty Minutes: Cyclones 20, Houston 20. Goalies: Frederic Cassivi (C, 33 saves), Manny Fernandez (H, 22 saves). Records: Cyclones 29-22-4, Houston 38-8-9. Next Game: vs. Orlando Friday at Firstar Center, 7:30 p.m.

       



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