Walleye drop a heartbreaker to Fort Wayne, 3-1
2/23/2013 - (Toledo, OH)-Nino Musitelli scored the lone goal for Toledo tonight as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Fort Wayne Komets in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,200 at the Huntington Center on Saturday night. Toledo now stands at 30-19-2-4 on the season and 15-8-1-3 on home ice.
Toledo and Fort Wayne both had multiple scoring chances, but skated to a scoreless first period tie. The Walleye sent seven shots at Jeff Deslauriers, while Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson stopped the seven shots he faced.
Fort Wayne took a 1-0 lead at the 11:52 mark of the second period after Matt Syroczynski poked a rebound behind Simpson on the power play.
Nino Musitelli ripped a shot behind Deslauriers at 14:04 of the third period after getting a pass from Tyler Brenner. Stephon Thorne also assisted on Toledo’s only goal of the night.
Brandon Marino broke the tie at 17:06 of the third period, sneaking a shot behind Simpson. Jean-Michel Rizk scored an empty net goal at the 19:55 mark of the period, giving the Komets a 3-1 win.
-Goaltender Kent Simpson saved 26 shots and is 14-11-0-3 this season.
-Toledo had their seven game home unbeaten streak snapped tonight.
-Tonight’s game marked the sixth sellout of the season and the 36th in the history of the Walleye at the Huntington Center.
Toledo returns home tomorrow afternoon, February 24 at 5:05 p.m. when they take on the Cincinnati Cyclones. Join the Walleye mascots Spike and CatTrick and their mascot pals on Mascot Mania Night, presented by The Blade. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will nab Mascot Mania posters at the gates. Tickets are on sale by phone at 419-725-9255, at the Huntington Center box office or online at www.toledowalleye.com.
Game Story By: Samantha Hoot