FORT WAYNE, IN – The Cincinnati Cyclones made the short bus ride to Fort Wayne to finish their short home-at-home series with the Komets. After falling in overtime Wednesday night, the Cyclones were in need of some serious redemption, and they got just that in a big way. Getting five goals from five different Cyclones, and a strong presence in net from Brandon Whitney would seal this one for Cincinnati.
Just under six minutes into play, former Cyclone, Mike Embach, would continue to make his former team pay. On the power play, Embach gave himself plenty of space to operate, took a pass from, Kyle Thomas, and beat Whitney stick side to put the Komets ahead by one. It would be answered in the final minutes of the period with a shorthanded tally from Jack Downing. Downing threw a shot on cage, Spencer Martin made the save, and a Fort Wayne d-man put the rebound into his own net for a 1-1 game.
From there on out, it was all Cyclones. 14:33 into the 2nd period, Cincinnati would pull ahead for the first time in the mini series. Christiaan Minella would sneak into the Komets zone, and beat Martin through the wickets to put Cincinnati ahead 2-1.
The 3rd period would see an offensive explosion from Cincinnati. Just three minutes into the frame, Zach Budish would absolutely bomb a shot from the top of the right circle past Martin for the 3-1 Cincinnati lead. Moments later, Branden Gracel would pick the pocket of a Fort Wayne d-man, walk in on a 2-on-1 rush; fed it Peter Quenneville who roofs it to make it 4-1. Finally, Nick Huard would make the Komets swallow a dagger on the power play. Steve Weinstein’s point drive was deflected by Huard, and in. 5-1 Cincinnati would be your final.
Brandon Whitney was able to stop 33 of 34 Komet shots to earn his 3rd win of the season.
Cincinnati improves to 10-3-2-1 while Fort Wayne falls to 8-8-0-0.
Useless stat of the day: The difference a year makes. This season, Cincinnati’s 10th win came on Thanksgiving Day. Last season, it took the Cyclones until December 20th to get win #10.
Cyclones get the day off on Friday, before heading to Moline, Illinois on Saturday night for their 2nd meeting of the season with the Quad City Mallards.