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Cyclones fall 4-3 to the Walleye
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) -- C.J. Chartrain scored the game-winning goal as the Toledo Walleye (17-34-3-1) defeated the Cyclones (32-20-2-3) in overtime by a 4-3 final score in front of 3,873 at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday night. Although the Cyclones outshot their opponent 43-23, the Walleye escaped with the first of back-to-back games in Cincinnati this weekend. Goaltender Hannu Toivonen (W, 40 saves, 8-8-0-0) turned in an impressive performance in net, stopping 40 of the 43 shots he faced in the tilt. Anthony Luciani, Cincinnatis leader in both points and goals, recorded two assists in the loss as the Cyclones secured a point in the Eastern Conference standings for the fifth consecutive game.
The Walleye drew first blood as Brett Perlini recorded his fourth of the season at 8:33. 63 seconds later, the Cyclones knotted the score when a stretch pass from Dan Eves allowed Phil Bushbacher to convert from the top of the circle. Toledo responded quickly, however, as David Gilbert tipped in his 13th of the season at 10:17. The Cyclones failed to capitalize on a power play opportunity late in the frame and entered the first intermission trailing the Walleye by one, despite outshooting them 14-6 in the period.
The home team roared to life early in the second stanza when Tyler Elbrecht was assessed with a double minor for high-sticking. Less than a minute later, Jonathan Hazen made the Walleye pay and buried a rebound, his 19th goal of the season, at 2:45. Just 43 seconds later, the Cyclones took their first and only lead of the night when Byron Froese tipped his teams second power play tally past Toivonen. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Walleye notched a power play goal of their own when Maxim Shalunov beat Joe Howe (L, 19 saves, 10-3-2-1) with a wrist shot at 13:34. Though the Cyclones registered twice as many shots on goal through two periods, both teams entered the final frame tied at three.
The Cyclones successfully killed a penalty to start the stanza, but both teams were kept off the scoreboard and the Cyclones headed to overtime for the fourth time in five games. With just over a minute remaining in the bonus session, the Walleye snapped their 11-game losing streak when Chartrain found the back of the net and secured the win for the visitors.
We didnt come out the way we wanted to, said team captain David MacDonald. [There were] a couple soft plays and it cost us the game. Its always a positive when you battle back. Well take all the points we can get, but at the end of the day, we want two points.
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