After giving up a 5-2 lead in the final 5 minutes of regulation, falling to the Wheeling Nailers 7-5 on Tuesday morning, the Cincinnati Cyclones bounced back in a big way on Wednesday night. The Cyclones went up against the then division-leading Fort Wayne Komets, a team they beat 5-2 back on Halloween night.
Things got off on the right foot for the Cyclones, just under 4 minutes into the first period, after the Komets nearly struck at one end, Joe Pendenza raced down the ice 2-on-1 and beat Fort Wayne goaltender, Pat Nagle low stick side to put Cincinnati on top 1-0 early. Late in the period, Cincinnati would add to their lead tic-tac-toe style. Zach Budish brought it in the Komets zone, went cross ice for Jack Downing, who fed it right to Nick Huard for the back-door tap in to make it 2-0 Cyclones, which would later prove to be the game winner.
In the second period, the Cyclones would add-on to their lead as Eric Robinson would receive a perfect cross ice pass from Cody Carlson, and absolutely bomb it over the shoulder of Nagle to make it 3-0 Cincinnati.
In the dying minutes of the third, Fort Wayne would finally get something to go. Former Cyclone, Mike Embach would continue to haunt his old team, and beat Cincinnati goaltender, Brad Thiessen over the shoulder off of a snipe from the slot to pull the Komets within 3-1. It would not matter as the Cyclones would come away with the 3-1 victory over Fort Wayne.
A full box score of the game can be found here.
Goaltender Brad Thiessen was definitely the one who took the Tuesday morning meltdown the hardest, and he did not let it affect him at all in Wednesday’s game as he stopped 34 of 35 Fort Wayne shots. It’s got to be a nice confidence re-booster for the netminder who has been stellar for Cincinnati overall between the pipes this season.
The Cyclones will hit the ice again on Friday night in the first of a two-game weekend as they play host to the Quad City Mallards for the first of 11 meetings. Cincinnati and Quad City are currently in a deadlock for the top spot in the Midwest Division.