Walleye beat the Cyclones to win, 4-3!
12/1/2012 - (Toledo, OH)-Six different Toledo players picked up points in tonight’s game as the Walleye held on to beat the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-3 to extend their winning streak to four games. Tonight’s win also moved the Walleye past Cincinnati and into first place in the ECHL’s North Division. Toledo is 13-7-0-1 on the season and is 6-5-0 on home ice.
Toledo would strike first, as forward Travis Novak would get a puck behind Cincinnati goaltender Magnus Hellberg just two minutes into the game. As soon as the horn sounded, hundreds of stuffed animals were thrown onto the ice for the Teddy Bear Toss, presented by BCSN. Forwards Terry Broadhurst and Luke Glendening assisted on Novak’s first goal of the season.
The Walleye would light the lamp again at 5:31 on the power play. Broadhurst took a beautiful pass from Novak and directed the puck behind Hellberg to extend their lead to 2-0. Defenseman Ben Youds collected the second assist on the goal.
Cincinnati made the score 2-1 after Mathieu Aubin got a shot behind Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson at 13:24 of the first period on the power play.
Toledo outshot the Cyclones 11-4 during the first period of play.
Forward Andrej Nestrasil would give Toledo a two goal lead at the 9:15 mark of the second period after he took a pass from Kyle Rogers and one-timed a shot behind Hellberg.
Glendening put Toledo up 4-1 at the 18:01 mark of the middle period, firing a shot over the glove hand of Hellberg. Nestrasil assisted on Glendening’s 12th goal of the year.
Toledo sent 15 shots at Hellberg, for a two period total of 26.
Cincinnati made the score 4-2 in favor of Toledo, after Josh Shalla scored for the Cyclones 2:39 into the third period. Mattias Lindstrom cut Toledo’s lead down to one at 10:52 of the period getting a shot behind Simpson.
-Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson stopped 16 of 19 shots on goal and is 5-5-0-1 on the season.
-Tonight marked coach Nick Vitucci’s 500th career regular season game as a head coach. Congratulations to Head Coach Nick Vitucci!
-Forward Terry Broadhurst extended his assist and point streak tonight to four games.
-Toledo is 3-1-0 against the Cyclones this season.
-All teddy bears from the Teddy Bear Toss tonight are being donated to Lucas County Children Services.
-The Walleye will return home to the Huntington Center on Wednesday, December 12 when they host the Wheeling Nailers. Fans can call 419-725-9255, visit the arena box office of log on to www.toledowalleye.com for ticket information.
Game Story By: Samantha Hoot