Sunday, March 17, 2002

Cyclones struggling for playoff spot

Enquirer staff and news services

        In a pivotal ECHL game, the Cincinnati Cyclones dropped a 6-3 decision to the Wheeling Nailers at Firstar Center.

        The loss dropped Cincinnati to five points behind Wheeling for the final playoff berth, with each team having eight games remaining.

        First period: 1. W, Gyori (PPG) (Wells, Hurley) 14:04; 2. W, Major (Ruid, Doulebenets) 14:52; 3. W, Gyori (PPG) (Kopec, Soucy) 16:19.

        Second period: 4. W, Wells (Gyori, Schmidt) 17:01.

        Third period: 5. C, Jozefowicz (Baird, Lavigne) 2:45; 6. W, Ruid (Major) 3:33; 7. C, Jozefowicz (Sirkka, Biggs) 11:00; 8. C, Egeland (SHG) (Baird, Knopp) 17:16; 9. W, Major (Soucy) (EN) 19:08.

        Goalies: Cin, Westlund (23-16-2) (19 saves; 1 en goal); Whe, Joel Laing (20-18-3) (30 saves). Power Plays: Cin, 1 for 6; Whe, 2 for 6, Attendance: 5,877.


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