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Cyclones fall to Wheeling, 4-2
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Wheeling's Zack Torquato scored twice as the Cincinnati Cyclones (10-5-0-0) fell to the Nailers (8-5-0-2) in their second meeting of the season by a 4-2 final score in front of 1,623 at U.S. Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon. Netminder Mike Condon (W, 27 saves, 6-3-0-1) turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced while his team exceled on special teams, successfully killing seven penalties and scoring a short-handed goal in the tilt.
The Nailers shot out to a torrid start when Anton Zlobin tipped in his second goal of the season at 1:52 following a slapshot from the blue line by Matt Grassi. Just 16 seconds later, Nailers leading point scorer Torquato buried his fourth tally of the season, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. The Cyclones found new life, however, when Dan Eves recorded his first goal of the season on a rebound that found its way past Condon. Despite being outshot 12-10 in the frame, the Cyclones escaped a couple close calls and entered the first intermission trailing by one.
After Grassi was called for tripping early in the second stanza, Torquato struck again, scoring a short-handed goal at 4:11. Less than a minute later, Josh Birkholz scored a crucial bounce-back tally for the home team when he backhanded a loose puck past Condon at 5:04. However, when Trevor Lewis was penalized for slashing later in the period, Scott Zurevinski extended his teams lead to 4-2 when he chipped a rebound home past Michael Houser (L, 18 saves, 2-2-0-0) on the power play at 14:16.
Although the Cyclones outshot the opposition 6-1 in the final session, they failed to score on a handful of power play opportunities in the frame, helping secure the win for the Nailers.
We need to limit the turnovers, thats for sure, and get the [power play] worked on, said Cyclones captain David MacDonald. Turnovers killed us tonight, so were back to the drawing board for the next gameOur [defensive zone] has been better the past couple games. So, if we keep improving on that, thats a big part of our game right there. Get more shots on the net and stay out of the penalty box.
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