Monday, March 12, 2001

Cyclones 9, Manitoba 2




        The Cincinnati Cyclones scored a season-high nine goals Sunday night at Firstar Center, defeating the Manitoba Moose 9-2 in the IHL.

        Gilbert Dionne led the Cyclones with a goal and three assists. Byron Ritchie scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, with one assist.

        “We knew that we had to come out of the gate early and sustain the momentum to beat that club,” said Ritchie, who has a career-high 26 goals. “We knew we couldn't let up because they caught us last time in Winnipeg when we led by three goals.”

        Brad Defauw scored his 15th and 16th goals, Fellow rookie Erik Cole also recorded a goal, his first since early February.

        Goalie Randy Petruk started but left after one period with a strained right knee. Jean-Marc Pelletier stopped 20 of 21 Moose shots in relief.

        The Cyclones are 3 points behind the Orlando Solar Bears, who lost to Detroit 3-2 in the shootout.

        Manitoba ....... 1  0  1—2

        Cincinnati ....... 4  4  1  9

        First Period: Cin, Tselios 5 (Ritchie, Dionne) 7:23, pp. Cin, MacDonald 15 (Felsner) 10:25. Cin, Ritchie 25 (Pratt, Dionne) 14:30. Man, Fitzgerald 24 (Hauer, Brule) 17:02, pp. Cin-Cole 18 (MacDonald, MacNeil) 18:22.

        Second Period: Cin-Ritchie 26 (Dionne, Esau) 1:51. Cin, DeFauw 15 (Felsner, Heerema) 10:07. Cin, DeFauw 16 (McCarthy, Pratt) 14:00, pp. Cin, Dionne 21 (Koehler) 19:40, pp.

        Third Period: Cin, Felsner 23 (MacNeil) 8:39. Man, Kesa 14 (Ast, Kurtz) 13:13. Shots on goal: Man 1 5-7-14=36; Cin 20-15-11=46. Att: 5,452.

       



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