Saturday, October 09, 1999

HOUSTON 4, CYCLONES 2




BY JOHN P. WISE
Enquirer contributor

        The Cincinnati Cyclones will meet their public at the second annual Welcome Back Cookout today. Maybe their fans can inspire them to beat Houston when the Cyclones get a rematch with the Aeros at 6p.m. Sunday.

        Houston, the reigning IHL Turner Cup Champion, beat the Cyclones Friday at Firstar Center, 4-2.

        The Cyclones fell to 0-1-1 before a crowd of 5,416, while Houston improved to 1-0-1.

        Houston's insurance goal came about four minutes into the third period. Greg Pankiewicz centered a rebound off his own shot and teammate Brian Felsner easily scored his second goal of the night.

        Magliarditi gave up four goals, but Cyclones Coach/General Manager Ron Smith applauded the performance by his goalie.

        “The game would have been over sooner if it weren't for him,” Smith said. “I was very encouraged with the way he played.”

        The Cyclones fell behind in the sixth minute but tied it less than two minutes later when. Todd Hawkins took his own rebound and knocked it over the shoulder of former Cyclone goalie Frederic Chabot.

        Hawkins helped the Cyclones take a 2-1 lead at 10:04 when he passed to Marcel Dionne, who fired his first goal of the year past Chabot from just inside the right circle.

        “Houston's a very good team,” Hawkins said. “They're the defending league champions, and we were in the game with them for quite a long time.”

        Houston ....... 2  1  1—4

        Cincinnati ....... 2  0  0—2

        First period: Hou, Felsner 1 (Ferner, Pankiewicz), 5:29; Cin, Hawkins 1 (Simon, Karpa), 6:52; Cin, Dionne 1 (Hawkins, Simon), 10:04; Hou, Ferner 1 (Lambert, Wilkie), 16:58.

        Second period: Hou, Pankiewicz 1 (Felsner), 16:52.

        Third period: Hou, Felsner 2 (Pankiewicz, Wilkie), 4:08.

        Shots on Goal: Hou 14-14-9=37; Cin 8-7-6=21. Goalies: Hou, Chabot (19 saves); Cin, Magliarditi (33).

       



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