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Cyclones fall to Toledo, 4-3
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Kyle Rogers scored twice as the Cyclones (26-15-1-1) fell to the Toledo Walleye (16-24-3-0) by a 4-3 final score in front of 3,781 at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday night. Three days after the Walleye escaped with a narrow 3-2 victory, history repeated itself as Toledo handed the Cyclones another closely-fought defeat. Netminder Mac Carruth (W, 23 saves, 8-10-0-0) kept his squad in the game, turning aside 23 of the 26 shots he faced in the tilt. Newcomer Joe Caveney, who finished the night with two points, and defenseman Drew Daniels each scored their first goals of the season in the loss.
Just as in Tuesday nights matchup, Toledo was the first club to find the back of the net. Shortly after Rob Madore (L, 34 saves, 11-7-0-0) made an impressive series of saves, Rogers recorded his ninth of the season by going top-shelf at 9:13. The Cyclones responded quickly, however, when Jonathan Hazen made a cross-ice pass to Daniels who backhanded in his first goal of the season at 9:44. 27 seconds later, the home team took their first lead of the night when Josh Birkholz scored after a miscue by Carruth. When he attempted to play the puck behind the net, Caveney, who was signed by Cincinnati earlier today, stole the puck and made a centering pass to Birkholz, who promptly shot it into the open net at 10:11. After successfully killing a penalty, the Cyclones entered the first intermission with a one-goal advantage, despite being outshot 13-8 in the period.
Midway through the second stanza, the Walleye knotted the score at two when David Gilbert scored his tenth tally of the season on the power play at 10:35. The score held for the remainder of the frame and the Cyclones headed to the locker room, having been outshot 25-17 through 40 minutes.
The Cyclones killed a penalty to start the final frame and were awarded a power play opportunity when Rogers was called for tripping. However, the Walleye regained the lead as Aaron Bogosian scored shorthanded on the ensuing power play at 3:55. The home team retaliated with a goal of their own at 5:36 when Caveney redirected a shot from Taylor Aronson and lit the lamp for the first time in a Cyclones sweater. The deadlock lasted until 18:10 when Rogers scored his second of the night by poking home a loose puck at the side of the net, securing the 4-3 victory for the Walleye.
It was a tough one, said team captain David MacDonald. Theyre a good squad, but weve got to start finding ways to win. I dont know how many hits we had there, but I think we can always have more. Weve got to be more physical at the end of the day and we have to find a way to win.
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