The Toledo Walleye gave up two goals in each of the first two periods tonight and could never recover in a 5-3 loss to Cincinnati.
Defenseman Ben Youds, forward Joey Martin and Andrej Nestrasil scored for Toledo, which has now lost three of its last four games.
Goalie Jordan Pearce was pulled near the game's midpoint after yielding four goals on 13 shots. Kent Simpson gave up one goal in relief before a sellout crowd of 7,453 at the Huntington Center.
Down 2-0 early, Youds got Toledo on the board on a perfect assist from Doug Clarkson. Youds scored on a one timer on a pass from behind the net from Clarkson with 11:55 left in the first period.
Martin scored a shorthanded goal on an assist from captain Kyle Rogers to make it 4-2 with 6:04 left in the second period. Nestrasil added a goal with five seconds left.
But the Walleye went 0 of 4 on the power play.
The Cyclones scored just 54 seconds into the game as former Walleye player Michael Pelech gave Cincinnati a quick 1-0 lead on an odd angle goal.
Cincinnati seized a 2-0 lead just moments after a Walleye power play expired. The Cyclones had a two on one rush and David Pacan scored.
Cincinnati went up 3-1 as Garrett Wilson scored on a rebound with 11:08 left in the second period.
Walleye defenseman Cody Lampl was called for a game misconduct for a major boarding penalty in the second period. The Cyclones then scored a power play goal to make it 4-1 with 9:38 to go.
Maury Edwards made it 5-2 on a soft goal given up by Simpson with 7:16 left in game.
The Walleye outshot the Cyclones 37-21.
Toledo, which could have moved into first place in the ECHL North Division with a win, hosts Kalamazoo on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.
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