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Wheeling halts Toledo winning streak at seven

In a game that saw Toledo firing on all cylinders in the first period, Wheeling had the last laugh, as the Nailers earned their third win of the season Saturday night at the Huntington Center by scoring five unanswered goals to defeat the Walleye, 5-2 and snapping Toledo’s even game win streak.  Toledo has a season record of 7-2-0-0 and is 1-1-0-0 at home.

Toledo appeared to be a team on a mission early Saturday night, as Scott Czarnowczan cashed in on a pin-point pass off the stick of Matt Caito with Tyson Spink picking up the other assist to put the Walleye ahead 1-0 at the 18:51 mark of the first period.  Three minutes later, A.J. Jenks tipped home his fifth goal of the season with assists being credited to Shane Berschbach and Zach Nastasiuk to put Toledo up 2-0.

The Nailers cashed in on a 5 on 3 man advantage, as Gage Quinney made it 2-1 40 seconds into the second period.  Wheeling’s persistent pressure paid off with 11 minutes left in the second period, as Jordan Kwas fired home his second goal of the season to tie the game, 2-2.  Wheeling finished off their dominant second period with a goal off the stick of Nick Sorkin to go up 3-2. 

The third period featured Toledo peppering Wheeling’s net minder, Doug Carr, to no avail.  Wheeling’s Josh Shalla stuffed home a rebound with four minutes remaining to go up, 4-2, and then Kwas netted his second goal of the night, this time of the empty net variety, to put the Nailers ahead 5-2, which is how the game ended.

Toledo Tidbits:  Goaltender Jake Paterson, a 2012 third round Detroit Red Wings draft pick, stopped 28 of the 33 shots he faced and has a record of 3-2-0-0 on the season including a shutout. Toledo finished with 25 shots on goal and Wheeling had 33.  Toledo won the faceoff battle with 36, while Wheeling won 31, and Toledo out hit Wheeling 31 to 28.