PASSOLT HELPS 'CLONES SPOIL TOLEDO HOME OPENER IN 3-1 WIN
A shutdown performance from the Cyclones defense and a pair of Josh Passolt goals led Cincinnati to a 3-1 win in downtown Toledo Saturday night.
The Cyclones remain atop the Central Division with a 5-0-0-1 record, while the defending Brabham Cup Champion-Walleye fall to 3-2-0-0.
- Toledo struck first just 90 seconds into the game when Brandon Hawkins picked up a Cyclones pass in the slot and shot over the glove of Beck Warm to get the Walleye out to a 1-0 lead.
- Cincinnati began to control the pace for the bulk of the back half of period one. As a result, Josh Passolt managed to tie the game after being found in-between the circled by Patrick Polino. The puck was slid to Passolt, who fired the puck by Red Wings' prospect Sebastion Cossa to tie the game, 1-1, with his second goal of the season.
- Passolt struck again for his second of the night 6:11 into the second period. After Toledo saw a scoring chance go by the wayside, Passolt collected a puck in transition, out skating the Walleye defense and burying a shot through the legs of Cossa to make it a 2-1 Cyclones lead. Cincinnati went on to limit the Walleye to five shots in the period.
- The 'Clones continued to suppress the offensive opportunities for Toledo in the third period, and a late penalty on Hawkins cost Toledo a chance at a comeback. With a power play in the final minute, former Walleye winger Matt Berry slid a puck net-front for Louie Caporusso to bang home his second goal of the season, making it 3-1.
- Beck Warm remains undefeated in regulation, picking up 17 saves in the win. Cossa turned aside 18 of 21 shots in the loss
- A five game homestand awaits the Cyclones, beginning Friday night with the first of two games at Heritage Bank Center on the weekend against Indy.
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