Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Local hockey update

Cincinnati Cyclones

Last week: 1-3-0 - beat Idaho 2-1 in a shootout; were swept by Wheeling 6-0 and 2-1, and 4-3 to Toledo.

Where they stand: 21-33-3, eighth in the nine-team Northern Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference.

Next: The Cyclones finish their season series with Wheeling there at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The games will be webcast at sportsjuice.com .

Who's hot: Center Evan Cheverie scored a shorthanded goal Saturday vs. Wheeling.

Nuts & bolts: Andrew Proskurnicki and Shawn Weiman each scored their first goals for the Cyclones against Toledo.

Tickets/promotions: Visit U.S. Bank Arena box office or any other Ticketmaster location including by phone at 513-562-4949 or on-line at ticketmaster.com for individual tickets. Group tickets and partial season plans are available from U.S. Bank Arena ticket office (513-421-3222). On March 20, Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna will appear on Faith Night.

Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Last week: Lost at Toronto (2-0); beat Hamilton (3-2); lost at Toronto (4-1).

Where they stand: 22-25-7-1, fourth in seven-team West Division of the AHL.

Who's next: 7:35 p.m. Wednesday and Friday vs. Philadelphia (32-18-5-1); 8 p.m. Saturday at Chicago (28-19-7-3); 5 p.m. Sunday at Cleveland (27-19-5-5).

Who's hot: G Ilya Bryzgalov is 9-5-3 with a 2.34 GAA and .924 SPCT in 18 games since Jan. 1. ... C Tony Martensson has 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in his last 12 games. ... RW Pierre Parenteau has 12 points (7-5) in his last 15.

Nuts & bolts: Parent Anaheim's prospect pool ranks sixth in the NHL, according scouts for The Hockey News. Cincinnati's Brzygalov ranked third, D Mark Popovic fifth, RW Alexei Smirnov sixth, C Joel Perrault seventh and D Shane O'Brien eighth among Anaheim's top-10 prospect list.

Tickets/promotions: Call (513) 562-4949 or 351-3999 or visit online at www.cincinnatimightyducks.com.

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