Late Goal Costs Cincinnati Cyclones In 3-2 Defeat
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Peter Tsimkalis scored with 36.4 seconds remaining to give the Charlotte Checkers a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday night. The defeat ran Cincinnati's losing streak to three games.
The Cyclones scored the first two goals of the game in opening a 2-0 edge at the first intermission. Barret Ehgoetz tallied his seventh goal of the season at 4:31 from Ryan Toomey . Ehgoetz moved into eleventh place in the ECHL in scoring with 25 points (7-18-25) with the marker. The second goal came at 16:07, as Thomas Beauregard connected on his 15th goal of the campaign-netting the score from the slot after Toomey fired the pass to him from below the goalline. T.J. McElroy added the other assist. Cincinnati outshot Charlotte, 10-6, in the opening frame.
Charlotte netted both goals of the second period to tie the game at 2-2. Julien Brouillette collected his fourth goal of the year at 1:29 while on a five-on-three powerplay. Mike Bayrack tied the game with his sixth score of the campaign at 18:40-crashing the net and re-routing a shot past Martin Houle. The Checkers dominated the shots in the second period, 12-4.
The game winning goal came at 19:23 of the third period when Tsimkalis netted his sixth of the season in the slot as he crashed the net. It was an unassisted goal and closed the Cyclones seven game home stand.
Former Cyclone Max Daigneault got the win, his fourth of the season-stopping 18 shots. Martin Houle took the loss turning aside 27 shots.
With the crowd of 3130, the Cyclones are averaging 30.4 percent more fans than 2007-08 through 15 home games. That is the second-largest improvement from last year through 15 games of any professional hockey team in North America (Tulsa-CHL is up 43.3%). Last year, Cincinnati's attendance improved 36.8 percent over 2006-07-the biggest increase in all of professional hockey.
The Cyclones are now 11-10-4 on the season, while Charlotte is 10-11-2. Cincinnati will play at Dayton next Friday night (December 19 at 7:30pm, game carried by MAX-FM 97.7 and 99.5) and returns to host the Bombers next Saturday (December 20) at U.S. Bank Arena at 7:30pm.
NOTES: The Cyclones players will make an appearance at Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday (December 16), visiting the children at the facility. The team will be leaving behind a bag of toys for the kids for the holiday season with over $1000 of materials courtesy of the Cincinnati Cyclones and Dream Catcher Coaches, Limited of Yellow Spring-a business partner of the team.
Also on Tuesday (Dec. 16), several Cyclones players will be stopping by the Sabin Auditorium at Children's Hospital for the Cardiac Care Unit's Christmas celebration. It is the third straight year the club has been involved with this event, in conjunction with the Aubrey Rose Foundation.
Tickets for the 2008-09 Cincinnati Cyclones season are now on sale. The Cyclones Sales Department can be reached at 513-421-PUCK, extension 3. For the latest news, notes and information on the team, visit: www.cycloneshockey.com . Ask about Family Four Pack (four tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsis, four Cyclones winter hats, four public skate passes at SportsPlus and a SportsPlus game card) for just $69!
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