TOLEDO, Ohio – The Toledo Walleye (12-15-2-1) scored three goals in both the first and second period on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones (11-13-5-2) at Huntington Center on Saturday night.
The Walleye jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Tyler Doig sent a wrist shot past Cyclones netminder Chet Pickard (L, 12 saves, 1-6-2-0) just 2:01 into the opening period. Dominic Osman made it 2-0 at the 14:01 mark when his shot found the net during a Walleye power play. Just over two minutes later, at the 16:17 mark, Cincinnati cut the deficit to one when Mathieu Aubin buried his team-leading eighth goal of the season during a man-advantage of their own. Unfortunately, though, Toledo answered back again; Evan Rankin found himself open at the bottom of the circle and slammed home his 12th goal of the year to give his team a 3-1 lead after one period.
Toledo's offensive onslaught continued in the middle frame as Tyler Gotto, Doig, and Kyle Rogers each potted goals for the Walleye. 2011 ECHL All-Star Brian O'Hanley picked up a lone power play goal for the Cyclones at the 8:08 mark, making it a 6-2 Toledo lead through 40 minutes.
With a four goal cushion, the Walleye played prevent defense in the third period and despite several Cyclones scoring chances, Toledo held on to win by a 6-2 final.