CINCINNATI, OH — Wednesday night featured several unlikely occurrences, which intersected in the third period to create a great deal of excitement. A new player, the return of an old player, and an unexpected goal scorer were just a few of the highlights of the match-up between the Cincinnati Cyclones and visiting Quad City Mallards.

Before the game, the Mallards had announced the addition of John Siemer from the Macon Mayhem, and the return of C.J. Motte from his professional try-out agreement with the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers. Siemer debuted in Cincinnati but didn’t make a mark on the scoresheet.

Jack Nevins scored the first goal of the game six minutes and 39 seconds after the opening face-off. He sniped the puck in after receiving the pass from Pavel Jenys and Guillaume Gelinas. Cincinnati tied the game just two seconds shy of the exact middle of the match on Nick Huard‘s unassisted shorthanded tally.

The Cyclones scored two goals in the final frame roughly two and a half minutes apart, the first at six minutes and 15 seconds and the other at eight minutes and 40 seconds. Craig Dalrymple scored the goal that put the home team up two to one on the powerplay from Peter LeBlanc, while Seth Ambroz scored the game-winning goal with help from Huard and Jaynen Rissling.

At ten minute and 37 seconds of the third period, Brandon McNally delivered a hard hit on Andrew Panzarella behind the net in the Mallards’ zone. Adam Vay took exception to the hit and left the crease to tackle and lay some punches on McNally as he skated away. After McNally stood up, he was quickly facing Panzarella, who jack-hammered punches to the noggin. McNally was unable to throw a punch in either encounter.

As Panzarella delivered the beatdown to McNally, Vay skated to center ice. Michael Houser dropped his glove and blocker, meeting Vay at the the Mallards’ blueline. Vay dropped Houser with a one-two punch, Houser having barely finished squaring up before hitting the ice.

Video courtesy of Cincinnati Cyclones

It’s worth mentioning that Vay does MMA in his free time. Bobby Metcalf has more on that here.

In total, 46 penalty minutes were handed out for the fighting. Twenty of those minutes went to the fighting goalies for being the second fight after the whistle. The goalies were replaced by their counterparts from the benches; Mark Visentin would stop two of the three shots he faced in nine minutes, while Motte stonewalled the Cyclones.

Two minutes after the fights, Nevins scored again, this time off a face-off to Visentin’s right. Brady Brassart won the face-off to pass the puck back to Nevins to score. The Mallards were unable to complete the comeback, however.

The Mallards return home for the start of Alumni Weekend on Friday, facing off against the Indy Fuel at 7:05 PM.

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