Sold-Out Crowd Watches Walleye Fall to the Wings, 4-3; Fish Home on Friday, March 18
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3/4/2011 - (Toledo, OH)-The Toledo Walleye fell to the Kalamazoo Wings, 4-3 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Huntington Center. The Walleye are 26-27-3-1 overall this season and 14-15-1-1 at home.
Toledo had most of the scoring chances during the first period, but the score remained 0-0.
Walleye goaltender Thomas McCollum stopped all 6 shots that were sent his way during the opening period and Toledo sent 13 shots at Kalamazoo’s net.
Toledo took a 1-0 lead at 3:53 of the middle period after Mike Hedden put home a power play goal past Kalamazoo netminder Ryan Nie. Evan Rankin and Andy Bohmbach picked up the assists on Hedden’s 23rd goal of the year.
Andrew Fournier tied the game up 1-1, putting home a goal past McCollum at 12:44 of the period.
Tyler Doig answered immediately giving Toledo back their one goal lead after breaking through two Kalamazoo defensemen and sliding the puck between Nie’s pads.
Hedden would register his 2nd goal of the game at 14:39 to give the Walleye a 3-1 lead with the assist going to Rankin.
Kalamazoo’s Trent Daavettila pulled the Wings within one goal getting the puck behind McCollum at 17:34 of the second period.
Patrick Asselin tied the game up at 3-3 after he stuffed a rebound past McCollum at 17:44 of the third period.
With less than a minute remaining in the third period, Kory Karlander rounded out the scoring to give Kalamazoo their first lead of the game, 4-3.
-Walleye goaltender Thomas McCollum stopped 41 of 45 shots and is 5-5 on the season.
-Forward Andy Bohmbach is on a 3 game assist streak.
-Forward Mike Hedden scored his team leading 23rd and 24th goals tonight.
-Evan Rankin now has 8 goals and 11 assists for 19 points against the Wings this season.
-The Walleye will return home on Friday, March 18 at 7pm when they take on the South Carolina Stingrays. Fans can call 419-725-WALL or visit the Huntington Center box office for ticket information.
Game Story By: Samantha Hoot