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Walleye Drop Clones

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Toledo Walleye (9-12-1-1) were able to add a pair of empty-net goals in the final minutes to prevent a Cincinnati Cyclones (10-9-5-1) comeback, winning by a final score of 5-2 in front of 4,453 at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday night.

The Walleye were able to bulge the twine first, as a Zack Torquato shot was redirected past Cyclones goalie Marc Cheverie (L, 30 saves, 9-5-2-1) at the 14:42 mark for a 1-0 lead.  However, with just 55 seconds left in the opening frame, Christiaan Minella wristed home his sixth of the season in the slot during a Cyclones power play to knot things at one through 20 minutes.

Both teams traded chances throughout the second period but it was the Walleye that cashed in on a late goal when, at 18:20, Scooter Smith batted a puck from mid-air into the net for a 2-1 Toledo lead.

Luckily,  just 35 seconds into the third, Cincinnati was able to claw back again when Dustin Sproat caught a perfect Minella pass in the slot and buried it past Walleye netminder Jordan Pearce (W, 31 saves, 3-3-0-0) for the game-tying goal.  Unfortunately, the Walleye answered with the go-ahead tally at 14:55 as Adam Keefe found a loose puck underneath Cheverie and poked it home for the eventual game-winning goal.  Down by one in the late stages, Cincinnati pulled the goalie in hopes of spawning another comeback; unfortunately, though, the Walleye were able to score a pair of empty net goals – one by Andy Bombach at 18:43 and another by Dominic Osman at 19:32 to seal a 5-2 victory.

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