Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Cyclones 3, Detroit 2

7th straight win; 14th straight over Vipers

        The Cincinnati Cyclones jumped to a 3-0 lead and survived a Detroit comeback to win 3-2 Tuesday at Firstar Center.

        The Cyclones earned their 14th consecutive IHL victory over the Vipers.

        “Tonight they (the Vipers) played a lot harder than they did Saturday night in their building,” said defenseman Len Esau, who paced the Cyclones with a pair of assists. “Sticks were up all over the ice. I'm glad we hung on and got the win.”

        After going 9-11-2 in their first 22 games, the Cyclones have gone 15-2-1 in their last 18 games, a span that includes a current seven-game winning streak.

        Detroit ....... 0  2  0—2

        Cyclones ....... 2  1  0—3

        First Period: 1. Cin, Tselios 2 (Esau, Cole) 11:58; 2. Cin, Ustorf 10 (Koehler, Esau) 19:20.

        Second Period: 2. Cin, McCarthy 4 (Ritchie) 1:50; 4. Det, Afanasenkov 10 (Ekman, Cibak); 5. Ziegler 6 (unassisted) 12:14, pp.

        Third Period: No scoring.

        Shots: Det 34, Cin 31. Saves: Hoople (Det) 28, Pelletier (Cin) 32.


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