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Power play shines as Walleye fall to Mavericks

Saturday, October 26th
Power play shines as Walleye fall to Mavericks

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Toledo Walleye tallied three power play goals against the Kansas City Mavericks on Friday, but the visitors’ perfect start to the season was spoiled in a 6-4 decision at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Both teams finished 3-for-6 on the man advantage as Abbott Girduckis, Josh Kestner and Troy Loggins all scored on the power play for the Walleye (2-1-0-0), while captain T.J. Hensick and Tyler Spezia each contributed a pair of power play assists. Kaden Fulcher was saddled with the loss despite blocking 30 shots in his first appearance between the pipes since a preseason victory at Kalamazoo on Oct. 4.

Rocco Carzo started the scoring for Kansas City (2-3-0-0) 8:05 into the opening period, and the hosts quickly added to their lead in the middle stanza. Michael Parks converted a wraparound attempt at the 3:18 mark, before Darian Dziurzynski set up John Furgele in front for a one-timer on the power play 1:04 later to open up a 3-0 cushion.

The Walleye responded on the man advantage exactly 60 seconds after Furgele’s power play marker. Marcus Crawford took a rinkwide pass from Hensick at the right point and fed the puck to Girduckis in the high slot for a sharp one-timer inside the left post at 5:22.

Toledo struck again on the power play to trim the deficit to 3-2 near the halfway point of the contest. Spezia assessed his options at left half-boards before sending the puck in front to Kestner for a perfect redirection that sailed past the blocker of Kansas City netminder Nick Schneider. However, the hosts eventually restored their two-goal edge on the power play when Parks ripped a one-timer from the top of the left circle with 37.4 seconds left in the same frame.

Terrance Amorosa notched the Mavericks’ third power play goal of the night at 3:33, but Loggins looked alright in his ECHL debut as he responded in kind at the 9:51 mark.  Shane Berschbach had plenty of time and space to feed the puck to Spezia in the high slot, who in turn reached Loggins below the right circle for a shot past Schneider’s left pad.

Fulcher made a couple of dazzling saves before Mitch Hults buried the Mavericks’ sixth goal with 4:24 to play, though Justin Buzzeo drew a penalty shot while shorthanded and scored on the ensuing breakway attempt with 45 seconds remaining.

Schneider turned aside 17-of-21 shots to earn the victory.

What’s Next:The Walleye remain in Missouri on Saturday for their second and final regular-season meeting against the Mavericks. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EDT.

Three Stars:1. Kansas City – Michael Parks (two goals, assist)2. Kansas City – Mitch Hults (goal, two assists)3. Kansas City – Terrance Amorosa (power play goal, assist) 

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