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Bonis scores twice but Walleye come up just short

Bonis scores twice but Walleye come up just short

(Fort Wayne, IN) Kyle Bonis scored twice but the Walleye fell behind and couldn’t recover in a 4-2 loss Saturday night at Fort Wayne. Toledo has a record of 1-1-0-0 and is 1-1-0-0 on the road. The Walleye open up the home schedule with the Quad City Mallards on Saturday night at the Huntington Center.

After not trailing at all in the first game of the year, Fort Wayne jumped ahead of the Walleye scoring 9:28 into the first period on goaltender Matej Machovsky. Toledo tied the game quickly when Kyle Bonis jumped on the puck right at the side of the Fort Wayne net and tucked it in to tie the game at 10:16. The Komets regained the lead at 14:45 when Tyson Fawcett tipped a pass into the back of the Walleye net.

Fort Wayne added another goal from Fawcett before the period ran out (18:27) to lead the game 3-1 after the first period. Bonis led the charge in the second period when he beat Michael Houser with a wrist shot at 13:03 of the second period to pull the Walleye within one after the second frame. Toledo outshot Fort Wayne 13-10 in the second period. The Komets picked up a break in the third period when Fawcett sent a pass in front of the Toledo net that went off of defenseman Davis Vandane and past Pat Nagle at 13:19 of the third period.

Fish Tales: Goaltender Matej Machovsky made his first start with the Walleye and stopped 11 of Fort Wayne’s 14 shots before leaving the game 3:22 into the second period. Pat Nagle took over at that point and stopped 15 shots from Komets after that point. Toledo was outshot in the game 30-27.