Sunday, March 07, 1999

Cyclones 2, CLEVELAND 0


Cassivi turns away 37 shots

        CLEVELAND — The Cincinnati Cyclones took advantage of tight defense and timely scoring for a 2-0 IHL victory against the Cleveland Lumberjacks Saturday at Gund Arena.

        Left wing Jeff Shevalier scored a first-period, power-play goal, his 22nd of the season and eighth on the power play.

        Cincinnati got a third-period insurance goal from All-Star left wing Scott Morrow in the third period. It was his 23rd goal of the season.

        Goaltender Frederic Cassivi turned aside all 37 shots in picking up his 12th victory. The shutout was Cassivi's fifth as a pro and first as a Cyclone. His last shutout came with Worcester against Syracuse in an AHL game March 22 of last season.

        The shutout was only the second of the season for Cincin nati, which won 1-0 at Utah Oct.30.

        “This was a great defensive effort,” Cyclones coach Ron Smith said. “Freddie was on his game, and the guys in front of him gave him good support.

        “It's good to get a win and get closer to Orlando.”

        The victory improves Cincinnati's record to 32-25-5, two points behind Orlando for second place in the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference standings. The top two teams in the East will receive byes during first round of the Turner Cup playoffs, which begin the week of April 23.

        Cyclones ....... 1  0  1—2

        Cleveland ....... 0  0  0—0

        First Period: 1. Cin, Shevalier 22 (Knipscheer, Wells), pp, 3:45.

        Second Period: None.

        Third Period: 2. Cin, Morrow 23 (Nielsen, Ashtashenko), 8:38.

        Shots On Goal: Cyclones 40 (12-17-11), Cleveland 37 (15-12-10). Power Plays: Cyclones 1-5, Cleveland 0-7. Penalty Minutes: Cyclones 34, Cleveland 30. Goalies: Cassivi (Cin, 37 saves); Bierk (Cle, 38 saves). Attendance: 8,185.

       



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