Cyclones Feast on Walleye, 4-2
November 23, 2012 | View Comments
TOLEDO, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones (9-4-2-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back as they earned a 4-2 win over the Toledo Walleye (9-7-0-1) in front of 6,214 at Huntington Center on Friday night. David Pacan, Mathieu Aubin, and Garrett Wilson each had multi-point games for Cincinnati, who regained the top spot in the North Division standings.
The Cyclones were able to grab an early lead as Garrett Wilson potted a wraparound through the legs of Kent Simpson (L, 15 saves, 3-5-0-1) at the 7:57 mark, making it 1-0. It was the third game in a row and 11th time overall that Jarrod Skalde’s team lit the lamp first. And thanks to a pair of solid penalty kills by Cincinnati, they carried the cushion into the first intermission.
Cincinnati added plenty more offense in the middle stanza; At the 7:41 mark, Jonathan Hazen was able to slam in his team-leading seventh goal of the season on the power play after a puck rebounded directly to him off the back wall, giving the Cyclones a 2-0 edge. They made it 3-0 at 12:24 when Mike Pelech tipped home Mathieu Aubin’s point shot to give his team a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes.
With Pelech getting whistled for a penalty as time expired in the second period, the Walleye began the final frame on the power play – and they cashed in. Ben Youds cannoned in his second goal in as-many nights to pull Toledo within two. However, The Cyclones power play answered back minutes later, at 8:12, when David Pacan caught Garrett Wilson’s pass from behind the net and deposited his third goal of the year to regain a three-goal cushion for Cincinnati at 4-1. The Walleye would use the man-advantage again late in the third when Randy Rowe tipped in a point shot past Brian Foster (W, 22 saves, 8-0-2) for his sixth goal of the season, making it a 4-2 game. In the final two minutes, Toledo pulled its goalie for an extra attacker in hopes of mounting a comeback; however, Foster and company stayed strong and earned a 4-2 victory.
The Cyclones Radio Network Stars of the Game are as follows:
First Star: David Pacan (1 goal, 1 assist for Cincinnati)
Second Star: Jonathan Hazen (1 goal for Cincinnati)
Third Star: Garrett Wilson (1 goal, 1 assist for Cincinnati)
The Cyclones will complete their weekend on the ice tomorrow night as they visit the Wheeling Nailers for the first time this season at 7:00pm. Fans can hear all the action from WesBanco Arena on the Cyclones Radio Network (CyclonesHockey.com / America One / Cyclones Mobile App) beginning at 6:40pm.
The Cyclones will return to the ice at U.S. Bank Arena next Wednesday, November 28 when they welcome in the Evansville IceMen at 7:30pm. In addition to $1 PBR and Miller High Life, it will be “Movember Night,” where the Cyclones host Cincinnati’s Largest Mustache Party. The first 2,000 fans through the gates receive a tape-on mustache to get in the spirit, plus cash prizes will be awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Movember! Call 513.421.PUCK or visit CyclonesHockey.com to reserve your seats! Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the season on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).
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