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Audio recap of Thursday's 2-0 loss to Toledo
February 1, 2013 | View Comments
While it certainly wasn't one of the prettiest games, it wasn't quite as bad as you could think when looking at a 2-0 loss.
After a stalemate of a first period, the Clones were whistled for four consecutive penalties over a 10 minute stretch. And it finally caught up with them. With under 30 seconds to play in the period, Joey Martin caught a pass in the left circle and sent in a low wrist shot through the legs of Houser, making it 1-0.
The Clones had an uncharacteristic period after that, being held to just four shots on net. That didn't help the comback bid obviously. Defensively, though, they continued to keep the Walleye at bay. Although still down through to, it felt like it was anybody's game.
Unfortunately in the third, a scramble in front laid in the low slot for too long and Stephon Thorne was able to slide in the insurance marker to make it 2-0.
In the final minutes the Cyclones had a few opportunities to strike but they could not find the net - and were shutout for the first time in 2012-13.
If they want to win tonight in Evansville, they'll have to amp up the shots on net totals. The statistics heavily favor the Clones when they're ahead in the shots department. It's something that Coach Jarrod Skalde addressed again in today's pre-game skate and will likely address again before the game.
But at this point the guys know it. They know how to win the close games...they just have to execute.