Kevin Lynch struck twice for the Walleye and Matt Abercrombie scored in the shootout to lead Toledo to a 5-4 shootout win in Cincinnati on Saturday night. Toledo has won back to back games and has an overall record of 19-34-3-1 and is 9-17-3-1 on the road.
The Cyclones would get a Josh Birkholtz goal just 33 seconds into the first period to give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead. Toledo would tie the game when Kevin Lynch wristed a perfect shot past Cincinnati goaltender Joe Howe at 6:06 of the first for his 9th goal of the season.
"What a job we did fighting back after the early Cincinnati goal," said Head Coach Dan Watson. "This was a battle throughout the game from the opening puck drop. We continue to play better and better every game."
Cincinnati would regain the lead at 2:15 of the second period. Kevin Lynch scored his second goal of the game at 4:50 of the period to start a run of three straight goals for the Walleye. David Gilbert broke free 7:13 and scored a shorthanded goal to put Toledo in front 3-2. Jesse Messier would collect his first professional goal at 14:33 of the period to give Toledo a two goal lead. A late shorthanded goal from the Cyclones made it a one goal game going to the third period.
Cincinnati pressured the Walleye all third period long and finally beat Toivonen at 17:43 when Jonathan Hazen snuck in the tying goal. In the shootout, Matt Abercrombie scored on the seventh opportunity for Toledo to secure the win.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 37 saves on 41 shots on goal. Toivonen has a record 9-8-0-0 on the season and has won five straight starts for the Walleye. The Gilbert shorthanded goal in the second period was the fifth scored by the Walleye this season.