Monday, February 22, 1999

MILWAUKEE 5, CYCLONES 2


Cycxlones go bye-bye in quest of bye

BY DAVE HELLER
Enquirer contributor

        The Cincinnati Cyclones bid farewell to Firstar Center for three weeks hoping plenty has changed upon their return.

        In their last IHL game before embarking on a seven-game road trip, the Cyclones lost 5-2 to Milwaukee. Cincinnati (31-23-4) was playing its third game in 46 hours. Milwaukee (31-20-7) was idle Saturday.

        “We definitely got tired toward the end,” Fred Knipscheer said, “and that hurt us, but they had three power play goals and that's basically what won the game,”

        Every loss is big for the Cyclones, third in the Eastern Conference. They are chasing Detroit and Orlando.

        The top two teams in each conference will receive first-round byes in the playoffs.

        “The coaching staff, for sure, and the players are keeping close tabs on all those games, as we get down the wire here,” said assistant coach Chris Cichocki, filling in for head coach Ron Smith, who sat in the press box. “This was a big game.”

        The Cyclones look to make a push at a bye on their road trip knowing that a best-of-three first-round series awaits them if they can't catch Detroit or Orlando.

        Cincinnati finishes the season with 11 of its last 17 games at home.

        “This next road trip is going to be big for us,” Knipscheer said. “We need to come back over .500 on the road, and that will set us up for the rest of the year because we have a lot of home games after that.”

        Milwaukee ....... 0  2  3—5

        Cincinnati ....... 0  1  1—2

        First period: None.

        Second period: 1, C, Dandenault 3 (Shevalier, Morrow), 3:21; 2, M, Cisar 10 (Friedman, Skrastins), 7:13; 3, M, Lintner 6 (Skrastins, Cippolla), 10:48.

        Third period: 4, C, Knipscheer 13 (Shevalier, Hurme), 5:23; 5, M, Finn 3 (Cippola, Skrastins), 6:52; 6, M, Henderson 11 (Nelson, Cisar), 14:56; 7, M, Daniels 6, eng, 19:15.

        Shots on goal: Mil 5-11-14=30; Cin 11-7-15=33.

        Power play opportunities: Mil 3-5; Cin 1-4.

        Goalies: Mil, Mason (13-9-2); Cin, Hurme (21-11-3).

        Attendance: 6,558.

       



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