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Wings Defeat Cyclones, 4-1

February 18, 2013 | View Comments

Wings Defeat Cyclones, 4-1

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones (31-17-4-2) winning streak was snapped at five by the Kalamazoo Wings (26-22-4-1) by a final score of 4-1 in front of 2,504 at U.S. Bank Arena on Monday afternoon.

Kalamazoo lit the lamp twice in a 42 second stretch late in the first period. At the 16:24 mark, Sam Ftorek slapped home a shot from the top of the left circle after Brett Lysak found him with a cross ice pass. The Wings extended their lead to a pair with Jeff Pierce’s tally from the right side at 17:06. The Wings held their 2-0 lead for the remainder of the opening frame.

The Wings struck again with just 25 seconds expired in the second. Tyler Shelast was credited with a goal after Cincinnati net minder Brian Foster (L, 19 saves, 18-7-4) misplayed a puck and it trickled between the pipes. The Cyclones would be on the attack for the rest of the period, totaling 21 shots on goal. However, Wings goaltender Joel Martin (W, 40 saves, 24-19-4-1) made several spectacular saves and helped his team carry the 3-0 advantage into the second intermission.

The Cyclones finally got on the board 1:56 into the final stanza. After a Wings turnover in their own zone, Mattias Lindstrom fired a shot that bounced off Martin’s right pad and directly to Taylor Ellington. The Cincinnati defender cannoned a shot from the left side and into the back of the net to cut the deficit to 3-1. With 6:40 left in the game, Lysak would add a backhander on a breakaway to put the contest out of reach for Cincinnati. The teams skated scoreless for the final few minutes and Kalamazoo held on for the 4-1 victory.

The Cyclones Radio Network Stars of the Game are as follows:

First Star: Joel Martin (40 saves, game winning goaltender for Kalamazoo)
Second Star: Tyler Shelast (1 goal, 2 assists for Kalamazoo)
Third Star: Jeff Pierce (1 goal, game winning goal for Kalamazoo)

After a few days of practice, Cincinnati will make its final trip into Fort Wayne on Friday night when they visit the Komets at 8:00pm. Hear all the action on the Cyclones Radio Network (FM 100 The FAN, America One, CyclonesHockey.com) starting at 7:40pm or watch it live at Game Time Sports Bar and Grill!

The Cyclones will return to the ice at U.S. Bank Arena THIS SATURDAY when they host the Wheeling Nailers at 7:30pm. It will be the 2013 Pink in the Rink Night to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls! The Cyclones will wear specialty jerseys that get auctioned off after the game with net proceeds going to Pink Ribbon Girls – plus, the contest will be played on PINK ICE! 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).

Click here for tonight's box score.

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