Cyclones Suffer 4-1 Loss to Sooners
Oct. 7, 2017 – Ames, Iowa – Coming off a 3-1 win Friday night in which Iowa State was outplayed the final half of the game, the Cyclones were hoping for a more complete effort for Saturday night’s rematch to cap Hall of Fame/Alumni Weekend with a more convincing victory, but undisciplined penalties eventually doomed the fifth-ranked Cyclones to a 4-1 loss to the Sooners.
Similar to Friday night, Iowa State played pretty well in the first period and had a couple prime opportunities. Just before the five-minute mark, it appeared that A.J. Gullickson (Verona, Wisc. – Alexandria Blizzard/NA3HL) had directed a Trevor Sabo (Skokie, Ill. – Rochester Ice Hawks/MnJHL) pass across the slot just inside the left post and top corner, as the goal light came on, but the puck hit the outside of the net and play continued tied 0-0. Almost exactly two minutes later, Tony Uglem (Moorhead, Minn. – Austin Bruins/NAHL) swept a one-handed pass around an Oklahoma defender to Aaron Azevedo (Spokane, Wash. – Osoyoos Coyotes/KIJHL) at the offensive blue line to send Azevedo in on a breakaway, but Sooner netminder Brenden Manquen managed to get an arm in front of the Cyclone center’s shot to keep the game knotted in a scoreless stalemate. Again, with 1:35 remaining in the first frame, Manquen made another big save by spreading out and getting in front of Sabo’s shot after facing a flurry of shots around the net, which sent the game into the first intermission without a goal on the scoreboard.
The Cyclones struggled early in the first period, forcing Matt Goedeke (Ankeny, Iowa – Hudson Crusaders/MnJHL) to make a handful of important stops during the first 90 seconds to prevent Iowa State from falling down a goal. On the other end of the ice, just past the three-minute mark, Manquen made a vital cover on the puck after Uglem made a slick poke forward on the puck near the crease after receiving a clever pass by Azevedo. Unfortunately, less than two minutes later, the game started to unravel for Iowa State.
Tommy Hanson (Rochester, Minn. – Wisconsin Whalers/NA3HL) picked up a cross-checking penalty on a hit from behind in the neutral zone at 4:52 of the second and a mere 16 seconds later the Cyclones went onto the 5-on-3 penalty kill after Kody Reuter (Sioux City, Iowa – Austin Bruins/NAHL) was assessed an elbowing penalty. Oklahoma made Iowa State pay at the 6:13 mark when Tyler Lazarek took a pass back at the point from Zach Pard and fired a shot through traffic for a power play tally and a 1-0 Sooner lead. With Reuter still in the box, the Cyclones remained on the penalty kill and the Sooners struck again at 6:32 to open up a two-goal lead after Cameron Brown fed Jackson Giammona for a one-timer at the point and Giammona blasted the puck through traffic for a second power play goal.
Oklahoma killed off a high-sticking penalty assessed to Charlie Shepard at the 6:58 mark and nine minutes later the Iowa State procession to the penalty box continued. Gullickson picked up a slashing penalty at 16:06 and Reuter was whistled for boarding at 16:55 after he leveled Pard from behind just behind the Cyclone net after the Sooner forward turned to protect the puck, putting Iowa State on the 5-on-3 penalty kill for the second time during the game. To make matters worse, Azevedo let referee Jake Rekucki know what he thought of the call and was given a ten-minute misconduct, which took Iowa State’s top centerman out of the game for ten minutes of play.
Thirty seconds into the ensuing Oklahoma power play, Goedeke came up big with an initial save on a Giammona one-timer and then a reaching glove save on the rebound shot by Pard from the bottom of the left face-off circle. The Cyclones successfully killed of both Gullickson’s and Reuter’s penalties, keeping Iowa State in the game, and then the team received an opportunity for offense with 57.3 left in the period after Pard was escorted to the penalty box for roughing. With 9.4 seconds left, played stopped after Reuter was hit from behind into the end boards and dropped to the ice grabbing his right knee, which resulted in Brown being assessed a checking-from-behind major and a game misconduct.
Now on the 5-on-3 power play, the Cyclones pressed in the waning seconds of the second period to get on the board and after Jake Arroyo (Bolingbrook, Ill. – Austin Bruins/NAHL) made a masterful stop at the point to keep the puck in the offensive and made a pass to Uglem at the center point and Uglem fired the puck and scored top shelf with 0.3 seconds remaining to make it 2-1 heading into the third period.
With 4:50 remaining of power play time for Brown’s major penalty, the Cyclones had a prime opportunity to not only tie the game up, but to also pull ahead. However, the Oklahoma penalty kill kept Iowa State off the board and the Sooners remained on top, 2-1, five minutes into the third. The Sooners pulled ahead even more at the 5:41 mark of the third when Shepard won a puck battle over Gullickson for a puck Gullickson had reached for at the offensive blue line, sending it toward the center line, and Shepard skated in on a breakaway and scored past the arm of Goedeke as he attempted to close any hole under his arm pit but perhaps making himself too compact. Less than two minutes later, Sooner center Luc Whyte won a face-off back to defenseman Alex MacInnis, the blueliner cut toward the center point, and then threaded a shot through significant traffic to score past a screened Goedeke at 7:37 to open up Oklahoma’s lead to 4-1.
A cross-checking infraction to Colton Kramer (Sioux City, Iowa – Minot Minotauros/NAHL) at 8:44 put Iowa State back onto the penalty kill and unable to attack offensively and a roughing penalty to Arroyo at 13:28 killed any other real chance the Cyclones had at a dramatic comeback. The final few minutes, the Cyclones went down with more of a whimper than a roar and the Sooners dealt Iowa State its first loss of the season.
Goedeke stopped 31 of 35 shots in the loss while Manquen saved 35 of 36 Cyclones shots he faced.
Following the game, Cyclone Hockey Head Coach and General Manager Jason Fairman was disappointed with the result.
“We weren’t very good tonight,” said Fairman. “Right now, we’re not a very good hockey team.
“We’ve got to get back on Monday and want to get better. That was my message to the team. I think we had some deficiencies, and Oklahoma has their own, and we’re going to play a team next week (Lindenwood) that, from what I’ve seen so far from their scores, is pretty good, and they’re usually pretty good anyway. We’re going to have to get better in a hurry.”
On top of being disappointed with the result, Fairman is particularly disappointed with one of the primary reasons the team is underperforming.
“What concerns me is we have discipline issues,” explained Fairman. “Every game, we’ve had someone not dressing for a disciplinary reason and it happened again tonight.
“Then it also carries onto the ice with taking undisciplined penalties, coming to the bench banging sticks, guys even talking to the referees. You’ve got a veteran player, I don’t care what he said, he shouldn’t be saying anything. He gets a ten-minute misconduct. Those are signs of teams that aren’t going to go very far. That’s what I told them. That’s who we are right now.”
In recent season, Iowa State has been known as a team that is very strong along the walls, as it is a point of emphasis. A number of players have, individually, gone from being weak along the walls to fairly strong. Against Oklahoma, the Cyclones, unfortunately, resembled previous teams very little.
“I think we’re soft along the wall,” said Fairman succinctly after being asked about the teams apparent problems passing the puck and moving the puck in general. “It’s like we turn it over and I don’t even see a battle.
“We’re also throwing pucks blindly like we’re panicking. Problems passing aren’t high on my list—we can’t even hold onto the puck.”
Iowa State hits the road next weekend to play Lindenwood in Wentzville. In recent seasons, the Cyclones and Lions have had classic battles that typically were one-goal games, such as Iowa State’s overtime win over Lindenwood in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League Tournament championship game last February in Bensenville, Illinois. With Fairman behind the Cyclones’ bench and former NHLer Rick Zombo as the bench boss for the Lions, the games between the two teams have played out like chess matches between grandmasters. Fairman is worried that next weekend’s games will not carry on that developing tradition.
“If we keep playing like we have been, we can’t count on having close games with them like we have since I’ve been here,” said Fairman. “Lindenwood will expose our deficiencies if we don’t change quickly and that will be very apparent early on in the weekend and that is of great concern to me.”
Fairman does think the team can make one immediate change that will go a long way toward ensuring competitiveness against the Lions and the rest of Iowa State’s tough schedule.
“The biggest thing is more discipline,” said Fairman. “We can change that right away.
“We can’t change guys being able to read plays and certain things from a systems standpoint right away, but we can be more disciplined and we can have a better attitude. So, that’s what’s got to change immediately. That’ll be addressed on Monday.”
Iowa State’s series against Lindenwood is a Saturday-Sunday series, not the typical Friday-Saturday. Saturday’s game at the Lindenwood Ice Arena will start at 7:00 p.m. while Sunday’s rematch will commence at 2:00 p.m. Cyclone Hockey will be unable to stream the games and will pass along information on any stream Lindenwood may have as soon as the team gets it.
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NOTES: Tony Uglem extended his scoring lead by picking up Iowa State’s lone goal and now has 8 points (6-2-7) in 6 games played. His six goals are twice as many as any other Cyclone. Jake Arroyo’s assist on Uglem’s power-play goal was his first point of the season. Despite the disappointing result, Matt Goedeke still has a 1.67 goals-against average for the season and a .938 save percentage. Kody Reuter returned for the third period and was able to play without apparent trouble after what initially appeared to be a potentially significant injury late in the second period.
GOALS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 FINAL IOWA STATE 0 1 0 1 OKLAHOMA 0 2 2 4
First Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: OU, Del Casale (cross-checking), 1:24.
Second Period – Scoring: OU, Lazarek (Pard), 6:13 (pp); OU, Giammona (Pard), 6:32 (pp); ISU, Uglem (Arroyo), 19:59 (pp). Penalties: ISU, Hanson (cross-checking), 4:52; ISU, Reuter (elbowing), 5:08; OU, Shepard (high-sticking), 6:58; ISU, Gullickson (slashing), 16:06; ISU, Reuter (boarding), 16:55; ISU, Azevedo (ten-minute misconduct), 16:55; OU, Pard (roughing), 19:02; OU, Brown (checking from behind major), 19:50; OU, Brown (game misconduct), 19:50.
Third Period – Scoring: OU, Shepard (unassisted), 5:41; OU, MacInnis (Whyte), 7:37. Penalties: ISU, Kramer (cross-checking), 8:44; ISU, Arroyo (roughing), 13:28.
SHOTS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 TOTAL IOWA STATE 14 13 9 36 OKLAHOMA 9 16 10 35
GOALTENDERS (SV/SH) 1 2 3 TOTAL ISU, Goedeke (60:00) 9/9 14/16 8/10 31/35 OU, Manquen (60:00) 14/14 12/13 9/9 35/36
POWER PLAY: ISU 1-4; OU 2-6 PENALTIES: ISU 7-22; OU 5-21