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ECHL: Cincinnati’s Knodel is AMI Graphics Plus Performer of the Month

PRINCETON, N.J. – Cincinnati Cyclones’ defenseman Eric Knodel is the AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for February after leading the league with a plus-minus rating of +16.

Knodel posted an even or better rating in 12 of his 13 games during the month, including a +4 in 8-1 win at Maine on Feb. 8 and in a 5-4 victory over Adirondack on Feb. 17.

Under contract to Rochester of the American Hockey League, Knodel ranks third among ECHL defensemen, and sixth overall in the league, with a +35 rating this season. He is tied for first among blueliners with 14 goals and is second with 40 points.

The 28-year-old has posted 161 points (47g-114a) in 263 career ECHL games with Cincinnati, Utah and Orlando while adding 10 points (0g-10a) in 39 career AHL games with Rochester, San Diego and Toronto.

Prior to turning pro, Knodel recorded 61 points (20g-41a) in 116 career games at the University of New Hampshire and 20 points (3g-17a) in 50 career games with Des Moines of the United States Hockey League.

In recognition of his accomplishment, AMI Graphics will present Eric Knodel with a personalized Plus Performer of the Month Banner during an on-ice ceremony at an upcoming Cyclones’ home game.

Runner Up: Zach Frye, Orlando (+14)

Top Plus Performer(s) for Each Club: Adirondack – John Edwardh and Blake Thompson (+6); Allen – Alex Breton (+8); Atlanta – Filip Pyrochta (+5); Brampton – Anthony Cortese and Brandon Marino (+3); Florida – Joe Cox (+9); Fort Wayne – Brady Shaw (+5); Greenville – J.C. Brassard and Chad Duchesne (+7); Idaho – Kale Kessy and Mitch Moroz (+5); Indy – Woody Hudson (+4); Jacksonville – Cody Fowlie (+9); Kalamazoo – Kyle Blaney (+9); Kansas City – Nate Widman (+7); Maine – Greg Chase (+7); Manchester – Spencer Watson (+12); Newfoundland – James Melindy (+9); Norfolk – Romain Chuard, Matt McMorrow, Luke Nogard and Jake Wood (+4); Rapid City – Josh Elmes (+4); Reading – Jack Riley and Charlie Vasaturo (0); South Carolina – Mike Chen and Patrick Gaul (+2); Toledo – Brenden Kotyk and Tyler Spezia (+6); Tulsa – Steven Kaunisto (+6); Utah – Turner Ottenbreit (+6); Wheeling – Johnny Austin (+9); Wichita – Nolan Vesey (+2) and Worcester – Tommy Panico (+1).

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