October 14, 2016
Toledo stopped by Atlanta
The first period started with a flurry of shots as the Walleye out shot Atlanta 16-10. The Gladiators came up with the only goals as Colin Jacobs beat Toledo goaltender Jake Paterson with a wrist shot at 8:28 of the first period. Paterson made a huge save at 9:22 of the opening period when Atlanta forward Brock Higgs was awarded a penalty shot. Atlanta made it 2-0 when Bryan Cameron scored with 46 seconds remaining in the frame.
Toledo cut into the lead when Alden Hirschfeld ripped a wrist shot through goaltender Matt Ginn just 21 seconds into the second period. The lone assist went to Kyle Bonis. Atlanta bounced back when Derek Nesbitt picked up his own rebound and sent a shot past Paterson at 7:03.
In the third period, Atlanta pushed the lead to three goals when Tyler Murovich tipped in a pass. Toledo continued the onslaught with shots finishing with 44 in the game.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Jake Paterson started for the Walleye and posted 20 saves on 24 shots. Toledo has a record of 3-4-1 in season opening games. The 44 shots on goal for the Walleye is the most a Walleye team has had to start a season breaking the old mark of 35 set on October 15, 2011 against Chicago.