Walleye taken down by Wings in game three
April 18, 2017
(Kalamazoo, MI) Kyle Bonis had a three point night but it wasn’t enough as the Walleye lose 6-4 in game three Tuesday night at Kalamazoo. Toledo leads the best of seven series two games to one with game four Wednesday night in Kalamazoo.
Toledo started the scoring when Kyle Bonis (3rd) took a Shane Berschbach pass and backhanded a shot over the right arm of goaltender Nick Riopel at 6:45 for a 1-0 lead. Kalamazoo tied the game when Justin Taylor got his stick on a blue line shot that went past Jake Paterson with 1:23 left in the first.
Just 49 seconds into the second period Kyle Bonis picked up his second goal of the game when he fed the puck in front of the Kalamazoo net and it went in off of Wings defenseman Eric Kattelus. The Wings evened the score at 6:17 of the second before Evan Rankin made a great play to keep the puck inside the Kalamazoo zone. Tyson Spink sent the puck to the front of the net and Rankin (4th) deflected it past Riopel at 13:21 for the 3-2 lead.
Kalamazoo scored twice in the first 6:21 to take their first lead of the game. Toledo scored on the rush to tie the game when Shane Berschbach found Dane Walters (1st) in front of the Kalamazoo net. Brian Hart put the Wings in front for good at 17:19 of the third period and he took down Tylor Spink behind the Wings net and then ended the Kalamazoo rush of the ice for the winner.
Goaltender Jake Paterson finished with 47 saves and is 2-1 in the playoffs. Kyle Bonis and Evan Rankin each have scored a goal in all three playoff games with both scoring a total of four.