CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Cyclones welcomed in the Fort Wayne Komets for their third meeting of ten total on the season. My job is to be honest, and quite frankly, I would be willing to classify this game as the Cyclones worst game of the season so far. Yes, even worse than the 7-5 loss to Wheeling, when they allowed five goals in a four minute span.
It all started early in the first period just a few minutes in, as Shawn Skelly would fool Cincinnati goaltender, Brad Thiessen, with a wicked wrist shot from the top of the circle to put the Komets on top 1-0. It would be answered late in the frame with a power play goal from Cincinnati’s Jack Downing to tie the game up. Tic-tac-toe style, Steve Weinstein to Zach Budish to Jack Downing for the tap in.
We wouldn’t see anymore scoring until early in the third period when Garrett Thompson would throw a shot through traffic, Thiessen made the save, and the rebound took an odd bounce off an angle and went over his glove and in to make it 2-1 Komets. Cincinnati would tie it up again in the final minutes as Joe Pendenza sniped one by Fort Wayne goaltender, Spencer Martin, on a delayed penalty to draw even at 2.
In overtime, Cody Corbett would send the Komets home winners. 3-2 Fort Wayne the final.
It pains me to say it, but this was Cincinnati’s game to win, and they blew it. Fort Wayne’s roster has been decimated by call-ups and injuries. This game should not have even been close. The Cyclones made the Komets look good.
Fortunately, it is just one game. I have all the confidence in the world in this Cyclones team. They’ve shown they can bounce back and have not suffered an actual losing streak to date. Hopefully they’ll be able to do just that, and bounce back with a game in Fort Wayne on Thanksgiving Day.