TOLEDO - Three different Walleye players picked up goals in tonight's game, but it was not enough as the Toledo Walleye fell to the Cincinnati Cyclones 5-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 7,453 at the Huntington Center on Friday night. Toledo is now 17-13-0-1 overall and 9-6-0 on home ice.
Cincinnati jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with goals coming from former Walleye player Michael Pelech just :54 into the game. The Cyclones picked up their second goal at 5:57 with David Pacan on the goal.
Toledo would answer at the 8:05 mark of the opening period, as defenseman Ben Youds picked up a pass from Doug Clarkson between the hash marks and snapped a shot behind Cincinnati goalie Brian Foster. Forward Travis Novak also assisted on Youds' goal.
The Walleye sent 11 shots at Foster while Toledo goaltender Jordan Pearce faced six shots on goal.
The Cyclones took a 3-1 lead at 8:52 of the second period after Garrett Wilson got a puck behind Pearce. With Doug Clarkson serving Cody Lampl's boarding penalty, Cincinnati extended their lead to 4-1 picking up a power play goal from Josh Shalla.
Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson would come into the game at the 10:22 mark of the second period after Pearce allowed the fourth goal.
Joey Martin would bring the sold out Huntington Center to its feet at 13:56 after he took a perfect pass from Kyle Rogers and beat Foster with a wrist shot. The shorthanded goal cut Cincinnati's lead to 4-2.
Maury Edwards would score for the Cyclones, pushing their lead to 5-2 at 12:44 of the third period. Edwards picked up a pass from David MacDonald and then fired a shot behind Simpson from the blue line.
Toledo's Andrej Nestrasil would pick up the final goal of the game with :05 left to make the score 5-3 in favor of the Cyclones. Defensemen Wes O'Neill and Youds collected the assists on the goal.