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The Cincinnati Cyclones and Cincinnati Police Department collect nearly 12,000 stuffed toys during the game against the Wheeling Nailers at Heritage Bank Center on Jan. 7, 2023.
The Cincinnati Cyclones split a pair of weekend games, but the end result still was a huge victory.
During the Jan. 7 3-2 loss to the Wheeling Nailers, the 'Clones saw one of their biggest home crowds ever. According to Cyclones records, 12,187 fans packed Heritage Bank Center, the largest attendance for the season so far and the biggest for a Cyclones home game since November 13, 2018. Cyclones media materials also say that it was also the seventh home game in team history to have been played in front of more than 12,000 fans.
And those fans were very generous, tossing a team-record 11,813 plush toys to the ice on Throwback Night. Per tradition, fans throw the stuffs once the 'Clones score their first goal of the night. Left wing Justin Vaive notched the goal 12:32 into the game. The Cincinnati Police Department collected the toys to distribute to those in need.
The Cyclones won on the road, though, in a 6-4 victory against the Toledo Walleye. The team scored five times in the second period.
The team returns to Cincinnati for another game against the Walleye on Jan. 11 at Heritage Bank Center
. Game tickets will feature a t-shirt giveaway and $2 beer. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati now has 18 wins on the season and is in second place in the central division of the ECHL.
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