Mathieu Aubin buried a pair of goals while rookie netminder Brian Foster turned aside 25 shots to lift his Cincinnati Cyclones (22-20-6-3) to a 5-1 win over the Toledo Walleye (23-22-3-1) in front of 4,198 at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday night.
For just the third time this season, Cincinnati jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Just 2:31 into the opening frame, Eric Kattelus' (CAT-ell-us) turn-around shot deflected over Toledo netminder Joe Palmer (L, 33, 9-11-1) and into the net for a 1-0 Cyclones lead. Then, at the 11:11 mark, a Mathieu Aubin wrist shot found the twine for a power play tally and a 2-0 advantage. Just over six minutes later, at 17:22, Aubin struck again as he slid home his second of the night after catching a beautiful Kattelus pass to extend their lead to 3-0 heading into the first intermission.
Not even four minutes into the middle stanza, Paul McIlveen stashed his seventh goal of the year to widen their lead to 4-0. On the other end of the ice, Cyclones rookie netminder Brian Foster (W, 25 saves, 1-0-0) continued to play extremely well in his ECHL debut, turning aside several great Toledo chances to keep the visitors off the scoreboard through 40 minutes.