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Published: 4/6/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago


Walleye fall 2-1 in double overtime to the Cyclones

Spectacular goaltending by two rookie netminders highlighted a nip and tuck battle between Toledo and Cincinnati in an intense ECHL playoff opener on Friday night. The Walleye fell 2-1 in double overtime to the Cyclones in an extremely evenly played opening game of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Both teams scored in the first period. But scoreless periods in the second and third were followed by another goalless overtime period. The contest went to double overtime where Mike Embach scored the game winner before a crowd of 4,042 at the Huntington Center during a game that lasted 3 hours and 31 minutes.

Toledo Walleye player Kyle Rogers, 17,  tries to control the puck as he skates behind Cincinnati Cyclones goalie Michael Houser, 30, during the first period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye player Kyle Rogers, 17, tries to control the puck as he skates behind Cincinnati Cyclones goalie Michael Houser,...
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Toledo Walleye player Tyler Brenner, 9, clears the puck as he andWes O'Neill, 5, help goalie Kent Simpson, 35, defend the goal against Cincinnati Cyclones players  Michael Pelech, 23, and Dan Eves, 16, on a Cyclones power play during the third period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye player Tyler Brenner, 9, clears the puck as he andWes O'Neill, 5, help goalie Kent Simpson, 35, defend ...
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Toledo Walleye players Joe Martin, 14, Ben Youds, 25, Trevor Parkes, 8, and Willie Coetzee, 15, celebrate Parkes goal against the Cincinnati Cyclones during the first period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye players Joe Martin, 14, Ben Youds, 25, Trevor Parkes, 8, and Willie Coetzee, 15, celebrate Parkes goal against ...
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Toledo Walleye player Adam Hobson, 10, skates the puck against Cincinnati Cyclones player Taylor Ellington, 6, during the first period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye player Adam Hobson, 10, skates the puck against Cincinnati Cyclones player Taylor Ellington, 6, during the first period....
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SPT WALLEYEPLAYOFF06p   Toledo Walleye player Phil Oreskovic, 4, knocks Cincinnati Cyclones player Michael Pelech, 23, off the puck during the first period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo SPT WALLEYEPLAYOFF06p Toledo Walleye player Phil Oreskovic, 4, knocks Cincinnati Cyclones player Michael Pelech, 23, off the puck during the ...
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Toledo Walleye player Trevor Parkes, 8, gets trapped behind Cincinnati Cyclones goalie Michael Houser, 30, and forward Justin Valve, 32, during the first period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye player Trevor Parkes, 8, gets trapped behind Cincinnati Cyclones goalie Michael Houser, 30, and forward Justin Valve, 32,...
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Toledo Walleye ice crew member Kate Schmoekel reacts as the walleye she's carrying off the ice almost comes apart in her hand after the Walleye scored a goal against the Cincinnati Cyclones during the first period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye ice crew member Kate Schmoekel reacts as the walleye she's carrying off the ice almost comes apart in ...
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Toledo Walleye player Wes O'Neill, 5, smashes Cincinnati Cyclones player Mike Embach, 26, into the boards during the second period of game one of their opening round ECHL playoff series. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye player Wes O'Neill, 5, smashes Cincinnati Cyclones player Mike Embach, 26, into the boards during the second period ...
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Toledo Walleye goalie Kent Simpson, 35, and Cincinnati Cyclones player Trevor Lewis both dive after the puck during the second period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye goalie Kent Simpson, 35, and Cincinnati Cyclones player Trevor Lewis both dive after the puck during the second ...
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Toledo Walleye player Aaron Bogosian, 9, shoves Cincinnati Cyclones player Michael Pelech, 23, as players push and shove at the end of the second period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye player Aaron Bogosian, 9, shoves Cincinnati Cyclones player Michael Pelech, 23, as players push and shove at the ...
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Toledo Walleye player Tyler Brenner, 9, clears the puck as he andWes O'Neill, 5, help goalie Kent Simpson, 35, defend the goal against Cincinnati Cyclones players  Michael Pelech, 23, and Dan Eves, 16, on a Cyclones power play during the third period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye player Tyler Brenner, 9, clears the puck as he andWes O'Neill, 5, help goalie Kent Simpson, 35, defend ...
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Toledo Walleye player Willie Coetzee, battles for the puck with Cincinnati Cyclones players Trevor Lewis, 18, and Chris Reed, 27, during the third period. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye player Willie Coetzee, battles for the puck with Cincinnati Cyclones players Trevor Lewis, 18, and Chris Reed, 27,...
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Toledo Walleye goalie Kent Simpson, 35, makes a save with less than a minute in the third period as Cincinnati Cyclones player Taylor Ellington, 6, looks for a rebound while defended by Walleye player Phil Rauch, 20. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye goalie Kent Simpson, 35, makes a save with less than a minute in the third period as Cincinnati ...
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Toledo Walleye players and Cincinnati Cyclones players fight during overtime. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye players and Cincinnati Cyclones players fight during overtime.
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Toledo Walleye goalie Kent Simpson, 35, stops a shot as teammate Phil Oreskovic, 4, keeps Cincinnati Cyclones player Mike Embach, 26, out of the play during overtime. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye goalie Kent Simpson, 35, stops a shot as teammate Phil Oreskovic, 4, keeps Cincinnati Cyclones player Mike Embach,...
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Toledo Walleye players Joey Ryan, 16, and Ben Youds, 25, skate off the ice with their teammates as the Cincinnati Cyclones celebrate their win during the second overtime. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Walleye players Joey Ryan, 16, and Ben Youds, 25, skate off the ice with their teammates as the Cincinnati ...
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