This was a rough game from the start with hard checks galore.
The first verbal brawl began with the Walleye objecting to Cyclone Taylor Ellington crashing the Toledo crease. The resulting power play ended with no score to the chagrin of the Walleye.
Netminders Michael Houser for the Cyclones and Kent Simpson for the Walleye continued their stellar performances. The opening period ended in a scoreless tie.
Period number two began with Cyclones on the remainder of a powerplay that ended the first stanza. Unable to score on the short powerplay the Cyclones David Pacan took a pass from Mike Embach and wristed the puck over Simpsons’ right shoulder at 1:31 to get the games’ first tally.
The rushes remained furious as both defenses stiffened.
The ‘Clones battled hard toward the end of the period and forced the Walleye to take a penalty with less than one minute left in the period.
An odd man rush by the Cyclones resulted in a powerplay goal by Taylor Ellington with just 14.2 seconds remaining in the period.
The third period began as the second stanza ended with a Cyclones goal. David Pacan lifted a sharp shot over the blocker of Simpson at 1:12 of the period.
Minutes later a major melee broke out in the Walleye end leading to a Cyclones powerplay.
The ‘Clones Matt Smyth scored directly in front of the Toledo crease to raise the score to 4-0.
With 8:24 left Joey Martin answered on the Walleye powerplay to reduce the lead to four. Then a late defensive breakdown with 30 seconds left Toledo forward Byron Froese beat Houser to end the scoring and a final of 5-2.
The Cyclones have a perfect start to the 2013 playoffs and will return home to US Bank Arena up 2 games to none. Game 3 will be Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 pm.
All images by Rob Huelsman
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