TOLEDO - A shorthanded goal by the Cyclones with 1:15 left in regulation negated a spirited comeback by the Walleye, who fall to Cincinnati 4-3 on Wednesday. A high-energy crowd of 6,591 fans - most of them schoolchildren - packed the Huntington Center for this special 10:35 a.m. game.
The Walleye fell behind early as Cyclones forward Wade Megan scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game. Walleye forward Scott Arnold, with assists from Kevin Lynch and Russ Sinkewich, cut the Cincinnati lead in half with a power play goal at the ten minute mark. Both teams were held scoreless until Cincinnati forward Jonathan Hazan rebounded his own shot to give the Cyclones a 3-1 lead with eight minutes left in the second period.
Richard Nedomiel, who was reassigned to Toledo from Grand Rapids on Tuesday, pulled the Walleye within a goal when he scored at seven minutes into the final period. He was assisted by Travis Novak and Max Nicastro. Three minutes later, Scott Arnold registered his third goal of the season, on an assist by Alden Hirschfeld, to tie up the game.
Toledo goalie Jared Coreau and the Walleye defense held tough through two late Cincinnati power play opportunities to preserve the 3-3 tie. A cross-checking penalty on Cincinnati with 2:58 left in regulation gave the Walleye a prime opportunity to complete the comeback. It was Cincinnati, though, who would score on the Walleye power play. A shorthanded, breakaway goal by Cyclones forward John McFarland with just 75 seconds remaining gave Cincinnati the 4-3 win.
Courtesy: Toledo Walleye