Toledo Falls to the Wings, 6-3; The Fish Return Home on Saturday, February 19
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2/13/2011 - (Toledo, OH)-The Toledo Walleye dropped their afternoon contest to the Kalamazoo Wings, 6-3 at the Huntington Center. The Walleye now have an overall record of 22-21-4 and are 11-12-1-1 at home.
Toledo and Kalamazoo played back and forth for first five minutes of the opening period. Kalamazoo had a great scoring chance early in the game, but Walleye goaltender Jimmy Spratt made a diving play to knock the puck towards the boards.
Aaron Clarke then gave Kalamazoo a 1-0 lead at the 6:48 mark. Clarke’s shot went high on the glove side of Spratt.
Toledo would then get on the board when Willie Coetzee knocked a rebound in past Kalamazoo goalie Ryan Nie. Dominic Osman and Scott Fletcher were credited with assists on the goal that went in the net at 12:17.
Eleven seconds later the Wings would take back their one goal lead. Andrew Fournier took a pass from Darryl Lloyd and shot the puck past Spratt.
Toledo outshot the Wings 13-6 in the first period and killed off the only penalty that was called on them.
The Walleye came out of the locker room determined, scoring just 53 seconds in to the
middle period. Tyler Doig passed back to Randy Rowe who shot the puck past Nie from the top of the right circle to tie the game up 2-2.
Chris DiDomenico gave Toledo their first lead of the game at 9:00 with assists from Simon Danis-Pepin and Osman. With Nie scrambling in the net, the a rebound came to DiDomenico who lifted the puck above the Wings netminder, giving Toledo a 3-2 lead.
The Wings tied the game up at 3 at 9:34 of the third period after Justin Taylor tipped in a Patrick Asselin shot past Spratt.
Fournier gave the Wings a 4-3 lead at 15:41 shooting the puck past the glove of Spratt.
Jon Landry extended Kalamazoo’s lead to 5-3 shooting the puck into the Toledo net at 17:53.
The Wings sealed the game when Trent Daavettila scored an empty net goal with five seconds to go in the game.
-Walleye goaltender Jimmy Spratt saved 22 of 27 shots on the night and now has a 5-2 record on the season.
-The Walleye are 10-9-2 against the North Division this year and are 3-4-1 against the Wings.
-Toledo outshot the Wings 36-28.
-Join the Toledo Walleye when they return home on Saturday, February 19 for Toledo Hockey History Night. The Fish will take on the Kalamazoo Wings the puck drops at 7pm with a retro jersey auction following the game. For ticket information, fans can call 419-725-WALL or visit the Huntington Center box office.
Game Story By: Samantha Hoot