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Spink brothers shine bright in home opener

(Toledo, OH)  It was the home opener at the Huntington Center Saturday night, and Tyson Spink greeted the Walleye fans with a firm, “how do you do!”  Tyson notched four goals, and his twin brother Tylor recorded three assists to help lead Toledo to a thrilling 6-5 win over the Brampton Beast.  Toledo has a season record of 4-1-0-0 and is 1-0-0-0 at home.

The first period proved to be a back and forth high flying affair between the Beast and the Walleye featuring four goals.  Brampton got things started two minutes into the period with a goal from Brandon Marino thanks to some pin-point passing off the stick of David Pacan.  Toledo made it 1-1 thanks to a top shelf Tyson Spink slap shot with assists being credited to Tylor Spink and Nolan Zajac.  Brampton jumped back ahead, 2-1, with 14 minutes left in the first period after Mathieu Gagnon found the back of the net after a three-on-one with assists from Chris Leveille and Luc-Olivier Blain.  The Walleye pulled even, 2-2, with seven minutes remaining in the opening period after Tyson Spink found the back of the net for his second goal of the period, this of the power play variety, with assists being credited to his line mates, Tylor Spink and Nolan Zajac.

Toledo jumped ahead late in the second, as Shane Berschbach stuffed home his first goal of the season to put the Walleye up 3-2 at the three minute mark of the second period with assists being credited to Zajac (his third of the game) and A.J. Jenks.  Less than a minute later, hats hit the ice, as Tyson Spink finished off a pretty passing play courtesy of his twin brother Tylor and Tyler Sikura for his third goal of the game to put Toledo on top 4-2.

Brampton made it a one-goal game 43 seconds into the third period, as Brandon MacLean went coast-to-coast before dishing to David Pacan who netted the power play goal to make it 4-3.  The Beast utilized their second power play of the period, as Justin Baker evened the game at four with 14 minutes remaining in the game.  Three minutes later, Brampton’s Yannick Veilleux tallied an unassisted goal to put the Beast on top 5-4.  Toledo native, Alden Hirschfield was credited with his third goal of the season as he found the back of the net thanks to a fortuitous bounce to tie the game, 5-5 at the three-minute mark. 

Just as the night before, regulation didn’t decide a winner between these two teams, so they played a three-on-three overtime period.  Tyson Spink finished off his magical night with an OT game winning wicked wrister that found the back of the net 28 seconds into the overtime period to send Toledo home with the 6-5 come-from-behind win.

Toledo Tidbits:  Goaltender Jake Paterson, a 2012 third round Detroit Red Wings draft pick, stopped 27 of the 32 shots he faced and has a record of 2-1-0-0 on the season including a shutout.