Cincinnati Cyclones Split Weekend Games, Gather Nearly 12,000 Stuffed Toys | Sports & Recreation | Cincinnati


click to enlarge The Cincinnati Cyclones and the Cincinnati Police Department collect nearly 12,000 stuffed animals during the game against the Wheeling Nailers at the Heritage Bank Center on January 7, 2023. - Photo: Cincinnati Cyclones

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The Cincinnati Cyclones and the Cincinnati Police Department are collecting nearly 12,000 stuffed animals during the game against the Wheeling Nailers at the Heritage Bank Center on January 7, 2023.

The Cincinnati Cyclones parted ways two weekend games, but the end result was still a huge win.

During the 3-2 loss to the Wheeling Nailers on January 7, the ‘Clones saw one of their biggest home crowds ever. According to Cyclones records, 12,187 fans packed the Heritage Bank Center, the highest attendance this season and the largest for a Cyclones home game since November 13, 2018. Cyclones media footage also says it was also the seventh home game in team history played in front of more than 12,000 fans.

And those fans were very generous, throwing a team-record 11,813 stuffed animals onto the ice on Throwback Night. Traditionally, fans throw things as soon as the ‘Clones score their first goal of the night. Left winger Justin Vaive notched the goal to 12:32 into the game. The Cincinnati Police Department collected the toys to give to those in need.

Away, however, the Cyclones won 6-4 against the Toledo Walleye. In the second third, the team scored five times.

The team returns to Cincinnati for another game against the Walleye on Jan. 11 at the Heritage Bank Center. Game tickets include a t-shirt giveaway and $2 beer. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m

Cincinnati now has 18 wins of the season and ranks second in the Central Division of the ECHL.

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