Monday, October 11, 1999


Dionne's goal is not enough

Enquirer contributor

        Cyclones left wing Gilbert Dionne scored a milestone goal Sunday. Unfortunately for the 3,615 fans at Firstar Center, that was about all they had to cheer about in the 2-1 shootout loss to Houston.

        It was the second home loss in three days to the Aeros, the reigning IHL Turner Cup Champions.

        Dionne notched his 78th goal as a Cyclone in the first period when he redirected Len Esau's slap shot from just inside the blue line. It was his second goal of the year, and it moved Dionne into third place on the Cyclones' all-time scoring list, behind Paul Lawless (132 goals) and leader Don Biggs (137).

        But Houston tied it when Sandy Moger scored his first goal of the year about five minutes into the final period. From that point, Cincinnati would start four power plays before the end of regulation, but couldn't score on any of them.

        “Our power play didn't click to get a second goal,” Cyclones coach Ron Smith said. “That killed us. We get one goal on the power play and the game's over.”

        In the shootout, Mark Freer shot his Aeros to victory when his goal gave the visitors a two-goal edge with just one Cyclone shot left. Freer's score dropped the Cyclones to 0-2-1, while Houston improved to 2-1-1.

        “I thought we played a lot better than we did Friday,” Smith said. “We'll keep plugging away.”

        For Houston, a loss Saturday at Cleveland was sandwiched between wins here against the Cyclones over the weekend. Those in the Cincinnati camp may have expected to see a sluggish team compared to the one that beat the Cyclones 4-2 Friday.

        “(Houston) came out a little slow, but then they still had their legs in the third period,” Cyclone right wing Craig Adams said. “You have to give them credit for that.”

        Houston ....... 0  0  1  1—2

        Cincinnati ....... 1  0  0  0—1

        First period: Cin, Dionne 2 (Esau, Willis), 5:05.

        Second period: None.

        Third period: Hou, Moger 1 (Wiseman), 4:58;

        Shootout goals: Hou — Wiseman, Pankiewicz, Felsner, Oliver, Freer; Cin — Knipscheer, MacLeod, Ustorf.

        Shots on goal: Hou 6-13-11=30; Cin 12-16-10=38.

        Goalies: Hou, Chabot (37 saves); Cin Magliarditi (29 saves). Attendance: 3,615.


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