CINCINNATI, OH — The Cincinnati Cyclones welcomed the Indy Fuel into downtown Cincinnati for the first of 11 meetings between the two clubs this season. It was a battle of the top two Midwest Division teams as Cincinnati sits on top with 18 points, and coming into tonight’s game, Indy sat just three points back of the Cyclones in 2nd place.
First period got things started off the right way as midway through the period, Peter Quenneville would feed a perfect centering pass to Joe Wilson for his 3rd goal of the season to make it 1-0 Cincinnati.
From there on out, it was all Indy. The Fuel would even things up in the 2nd frame as Sam Jardine would launch an absolute missile off the faceoff that Cincinnati goaltender, Brad Thiessen has no chance of stopping to draw the game even at 1.
The Fuel would take the lead early in the third period in a similar style, this time in the form of Ben Marshall. Marshall would launch another missile off the faceoff that Thiessen stood no chance against to make it 2-1 Indy. The Cyclones would have some close calls to tie it, but Indy goaltender, Shane Owen held strong to seal a 2-1 Indy win. It was the first time all season long so far that the Cyclones have suffered a regulation loss at home.
Bit of a rough night for the hometown team. Some sloppy play as passes that normally go tape-to-tape were taking hops off the stick and bouncing the other direction.
Some primary examples of how luck was not on the Cyclones side:
Exhibit A: Shane Owen caught out of position, Ben Schmidt with a wide open net and his stick breaks on the shot giving Owen plenty of time to get back and make the save.
Exhibit B: In the final seconds, Owen was down and out, Zach Budish tried to elevate the puck over the down goaltender and out of nowhere, Owen pulls a glove save out of his rectum.
Cincinnati falls to 8-3-2 as Indy improves to 8-3-1 on the season.
Cyclones welcome in the Orlando Solar Bears and former Cyclone Rob Madore into U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday night to close out the weekend.