Saturday, March 21, 1998
Cyclones tripped by Utah
Early lead evaporates in 'lazy' 2 periods

Enquirer contributor

It may not have seemed like it after one period, but the Cyclones found out why Utah is one of the better teams in the International Hockey League.

The Cyclones played a near perfect first period, scoring four times while allowing the Grizzlies just six shots on goal in taking a 4-1 lead.

But Utah scored four unanswered goals starting late in the second to tie the game at 5-5 with 4:55 remaining in the game.

The end result: a frustrating 6-5 shootout loss for the Clones in front of 7,749 at the Crown.

Cyclones coach Ron Smith said goalie Geoff Sarjeant was "lousy in the shootout, period,''

The shootout extended to eight shooters. Three times the Cyclones scored goals when facing a loss if they didn't score, but Doug Macdonald couldn't make it a fourth.

''I could sniff it in the third (period) once it was 5-3, we had a chance,'' Utah coach Butch Goring said. ''After the first period, I wasn't too confident we'd get anything out of this game.''

''We let them right back in the game with what I'd classify as a lazy last two periods in every aspect,'' Smith said. ''There's a list of about eight (bad) things that can happen in a hockey game, and we filled every one of them.''

The Cyclones drop to second place in the Central, one point behind Fort Wayne, which won Friday.

The Cyclones were shut out in the final 36:48, managing just four shots in the third period.

''We had one of the best periods we've had - ever,'' Smith said. ''(But) it's probably a good wake up call that the game still revolves around checking and hurrying to do your job, not just cruising.''

Utah        1 1 3 1 - 6
Cincinnati  4 1 0 0 - 5  
First period: 1, C, Macdonald 14 (Biggs, Fedyk), 0:23; 2, U, Miller 29 (Taylor, Andersson), ppg, 3:09; 3, C, Fedyk 29 (Dionne, Simon), ppg 6:22; 4, C, Dionne 34 (Fedyk, Williams), 11:07; 5, Simon 29 (Hawkins, Dionne), 13:03.

Second period: 6, C, Macdonald 15 (Henderson, Simon), 3:12; 7, U, Lawrence 32 (Taylor, LeBlanc), 15:22.

Third period: 8, U, Needham 1 (Dineen, Miller), ppg, 4:49; 9, U, Andersson 4 (Plante), 12:21; 10, U, Miller 30 (Lyons, Modry), 15:05.

Shootout goals: Utah, LeBlanc, Taylor, Sharples, Plante, Lyons; Cincinnati, Biggs, MacLeod, Dionne, Hawkins.

Shots on goal: Utah, 6-15-15-36; Cincinnati, 17-9-4-30. Power play opportunities: Utah, 2-7; Cincinnati, 1-4. Goalies: Utah, McArthur (6-5-2); Cincinnati, Sarjeant (23-16-9).

Attendance: 7,749.