Cincinnati scored on its first shot of the game but then held off a hard-charging Toledo Walleye team in a rare morning ECHL game today.
A crowd of 6,591 consisting mostly of middle school and elementary students during School Appreciation Day saw Toledo lose 4-3 at the Huntington Center.
Cincinnati's John McFarland scored a shorthanded goal with 1:15 left in regulation to give the Cyclones the win.
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The Walleye trailed 3-1 going into the third period. But Toledo pulled within a goal as newcomer Richard Nedomlel sniped a shot over Cincinnati goalie Rob Madore's shoulder to make it 3-2 with 12:45 left in regulation.
Toledo tied it up at 3 when Trevor Parkes scored with 9:31 left in regulation on an assist from Alden Hirschfeld.
Toledo fell behind 1-0 just 2:05 into the game. The Walleye then got on the board when Scott Arnold scored a power play goal on assists from Kevin Lynch and Russ Sinkewich 10:09 into the first period.
Cincinnati's Wade Megan scored his team's first two goals. He put the Cyclones up 2-0 just 5:48 into game as he scored on his second straight shot.
Cincinnati's Jonathan Hazen collected his own rebound and scored to give Cyclones a 3-1 lead with 11:56 left in second period.
Walleye goalie Jared Coreau finished with 23 saves.
Toledo plays at Kalamazoo on Friday at 7:15.