Cyclones Fall In Evansville, 4-1
December 8, 2012 | View Comments
EVANSVILLE, Indiana – The Evansville IceMen (10-14-0-2) gained an early advantage and never looked back as they defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones (14-6-2-0) by a 4-1 final score in front of 5,394 at Ford Center on Saturday night.
The IceMen jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of lucky bounces. At 12:46, Nathan Moon grabbed a loose puck that redirected off of a body in front and potted his ninth of the year to give his team a 1-0 lead. Just a few minutes later, at 15:24, Brian O’Hanley lost an edge and fell down right along the Cincinnati goal line; right there to get the puck was Josh Beaulieu who lifted in his 11th goal of the season over Brian Foster (L, 26 saves, 11-1-2-0) for a 2-0 cushion. Evansville carried the two-goal edge into the first intermission.
The Cyclones cut the deficit in half midway through the middle stanza, when Mike Embach slammed in a rebound past Allen York (W, 26 saves, 3-1-0-1) at 9:59 for his third goal of the season – making it a 2-1 game. Despite several more scoring chances for both sides in the second half of the period, the IceMen remained ahead by a goal through 40 minutes.
Evansville regained their two-goal lead at the 4:18 mark of the final frame, when Beaulieu hit Dylan Clarke with a pass in the slot. After skating between the circles, Clarke wrested in his sixth goal of the season to make it 3-1 Evansville. In an attempt to tie it in the final minutes, the Cyclones pulled Foster for the extra attacker. Unfortunately, Jason Dale chased a dumped puck into the Cincinnati zone and hit the empty net to seal a 4-1 victory for the IceMen.
The Cyclones Radio Network Stars of the Game are as follows:
First Star: Josh Beaulieu (1 goal, 3 assists for Evansville)
Second Star: Nathan Moon (1 goal for Evansville)
Third Star: Allen York (26 saves for Evansville)
The Cyclones will return to the ice at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday, December 12 when they play host to the Florida Everblades at 7:30pm. In addition to Wet Wednesday, where fans can enjoy $1 PBR and Miller High Life, it will also be an Ugly Sweater Party – with fans encouraged to wear their best ugly holiday sweaters to the game. Cash prizes will be awarded! 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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