March 11, 2018
Walleye comeback falls short against Fuel
(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye fell to the Fuel 7-4 on Sunday evening in Toledo. Tyler Barnes scored twice, and the Walleye record 16 game home unbeaten streak is snapped. The Walleye are 42-15-3-2 on the season and 26-5-1-0 at home. The crowd of 7,453 was good for our 24th sellout this season, continuing to help our record grow.
Indy took a 1-0 lead with a rebound that beat Walleye starting goaltender, Angus Redmond at 7:27 of the first period. The Fuel would find the back of the net to extend their lead to 2-0 at 15:05 of the frame.
The Fuel scored twice in the first 2:16 of the second period to make it 4-0. After a Toledo time-out, Tyler Barnes would carry the puck into the Indy zone and find the back of the net at 2:40 to cut the lead to 4-1. Zach Nastasiuk went top-shelf on the power play at 5:52 to make it 4-2. Indy would regain a three-goal lead at 6:35. Pat Nagle would come in at 6:35 to replace Redmond, stopping 16 of 17 shots faced. Indy made it a 6-2 game at 9:17. Barnes went backhand to score his second of the game at 13:03 to cut the lead to 6-3 going to the third period.
Christian Hilbrich pulled the Walleye to within two at 12:24 of the final period to make the score 6-4. Despite numerous scoring chances, and a season-high 46 shots on goal, Toledo was held at bay the rest of the day. Indy would seal the deal with an empty net goal at 19:47 to give the final score of 7-4.
- The Walleye are in Quad City on Wednesday for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop against the Mallards. The team returns home on Saturday, March 24th for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against Brampton.
- Redmond stopped 14 of 19 shots and is now 3-9-2-1 on the season.
- Simon Denis is on a nine-game point streak with 13 points (1G, 12A). He has an assist in each of the past nine games, which ties the record set by Shane Berschbach, set from March 27, 2015 until the end of the 2014-15 regular season.
- Mike Borkowski has six points in his past four games (3G, 3A).
- Tyler Barnes has six points in his past three games (3G, 3A).
- The 46 shots for the Walleye tonight was a season-high.