Toledo Collects a Point in Trenton; Fish in Reading Saturday Night
3/11/2011 - (Trenton, NJ)– Trenton scored three times in the shootout and defeated Toledo 3-2. Toledo is 28-27-5 on the season and 14-12-3 on the road. Toledo is now 1-3-1 against Trenton this season.
A fast moving first period saw Toledo out shoot Trenton 10-9, but neither team was able to crack the scoreboard. Toledo carried the play in the second period only to see Jeff Lerg continue to keep the Walleye without a goal. Chris DiDomenico had great scoring chance when he rang a shot off of the crossbar halfway through the second.
“We play such a simple game when we are on the road,” said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. “I thought we outplayed Trenton for 65 minutes, just sometimes you don’t get the win. The game of hockey can be cruel and tonight is was for us.”
The Devils would start the scoring just 2:29 into the third period when Matt Lombardi beat Thomas McCollum with a wrist shot. Toledo would tie the game at one when DiDomenico stole the puck in the Trenton zone and beat Lerg with a wrist shot for his 9th goal of the year at 8:41. Toledo would collect the lead at 10:11 of the third when Andy Bohmbach sent a pass to Mike Hedden at the Trenton blue line. Hedden fired a pass across the goalmouth to Evan Rankin for Rankin’s 17th goal of the year. Trenton would tie the game at 19:34 when Lombardi’s shot deflected off of Walleye defenseman Jason Lepine and past McCollum.
Bohmbach scored for the Walleye in the shootout, but Trenton scored three times to pick up the win.
-Walleye goaltender Thomas McCollum made 33 saves and is 7-5-1 on the season for Toledo. -The Walleye did not have power play chance in the game for the first time in two seasons of play.
Walleye Transactions: Prior to tonight’s game Toledo released defenseman Jay Holladay who appeared in 4 games with the Walleye. The Walleye also traded the rights to goaltender Jimmy Spratt to Victoria for future considerations. Spratt is currently on loan with Grand Rapids in the AHL, and had a 6-2-0 record with the Walleye this year.
The Toledo Walleye will be back at home Friday, March 18th at 7:00 PM vs. the South Carolina Stingrays at the Huntington Center. Tickets are on sale for that contest and all remaining home games. Fans can call (419) 725-WALL or visit the arena box office for more information.