Walleye win a close one in Evansville, 2-1!
2/13/2013 - (Evansville, IN)–Stephon Thorne scored for Toledo with 59 seconds left in the third period to lift Toledo to a 2-1 win in Evansville. Toledo has an overall record of 28-18-0-4 and is 15-11-0-1 on the road this season.
The IceMen would get the lone goal in the first period despite Toledo controlling the play. At 18:50 while on the power play, defenseman Daniel Tetrault blasted a shot from the blue line past Kent Simpson to put Evansville in front 1-0. Toledo held a 14-10 shot advantage over Evansville in the opening period.
“They are a team that really wants to slow down the pace of play so we have to really concentrate on using our speed through all three zones,” said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. “I loved how aggressive we were using that speed all night long which allowed us to pressure the net. We didn’t get down with all the saves their goaltender made tonight.”
In the second period, Toledo would tie the game at one when Nino Musitelli deflected a shot past Paul Dainton at 5:43. Forwards Travis Novak and Pat Knowlton collected the assists on the third goal of the year for Musitelli. Toledo held a 15-3 shot advantage in the second period over Evansville.
The game would remain tied until Stephon Thorne fired a shot between the pads of Paul Dainton with just 59 seconds in the third period. It was the 6th goal of the season for Thorne. Toledo finished with 42 shots on goal.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Kent Simpson made 25 saves and is 14-10-0-3 on the season. Toledo is 4-3-0-0 against the Evansville IceMen this season and has won four straight in the season series.
Toledo Walleye return home for Hockey Heritage Weekend in Toledo on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17. The alumni team plays its first ever game at the Huntington Center against the Fort Wayne Komets on Sunday. Tickets are available now at the box office, by calling 419-725-WALL, or online at www.toledowalleye.com