Cyclone Hockey focuses on shot selection as Jamestown visits Ames

Senior defense Eero Helanto fights for the puck in the game on Jan. 13 against Illini Hockey. The Cyclones lost 4-1.

Connor Ferguson

Cyclone Hockey has lost each of its past three games. Two of the losses came last weekend against Illinois. Now, the Cyclones are trying to get back on track.

No. 8 Cyclone Hockey will face yet another top-10 team in Ames this weekend as No. 9 Jamestown comes to the Ames/ISU Ice Arena.

After the losing skid, coach Jason Fairman and the Cyclones are looking for a sweep.

“We need to bounce back and convert on our shots-to-goals ratio,” Fairman said.

The Cyclones put 52 and 41 shots on goal during Friday and Saturday’s losses, respectively, according to

That only amounted to one goal.

“It was definitely frustrating for us to have dominated offensively and not see any pucks in the back of the net,” captain Chase Rey said. “For us, once we get one or two, the rest will keep on rolling, and we didn’t see that last weekend.”

Senior Eero Helanto said the positive to take away from the weekend is the vast amount of shots the team actually put on the net.

Ninety-three shots on goal over the weekend was the most Cyclone Hockey has had all season.

At the same time, the lone goal in both games was the least the Cyclones have put in the net over a series this season. 

“We were trying to force the puck to the net from bad scoring opportunities,” Helanto said. “That makes everybody frustrated, of course.”

To help, Rey said the Cyclones will be working on putting more bodies in front of the net.

“We have done plenty of line rushes in practice and we need to continue to have guys driving to the net,” Rey said. “The more traffic we can create, the more difficult it is for the goalie to see pucks.”

Putting people in front of the net will require some toughness out of the Cyclones, and that comes against an aggressive Jamestown team.

“Jamestown is a good team and we need to be prepared for a tough battle,” Fairman said. “They are disciplined and work hard.”

Rey added that this weekend provides a big opportunity for the Cyclones to get back on track.

“When we have a workmanlike attitude for 60 minutes of a game, we are usually successful,” Fairman said.