TOLEDO, OH – After two very impressive home wins over the Florida Everblades on Friday and Saturday, the Toledo Walleye finished their homestand on Sunday afternoon against the Norfolk Admirals. The Walleye beat the Admirals twice in Norfolk in late October but this is a Norfolk team on a steady improvement since Robbie Ftorek took over as an interim head coach. The Admirals continued to prove themselves more on Sunday.
Toledo would start the first period strong outshooting Norfolk 16-9. Toledo would get many quality scoring opportunities with a Shane Berschbach breakaway and Carter Sandlak shot that forced Norfolk rookie goalie Brett Kilar into the net. Still, Norfolk would take the first lead of the game as Tommy Giroux would score out in front at 15:16 of the 1st period.
Toledo would eventually get on the board in the second with Berschbach getting the puck out in front before Alex Globke would score his first professional goal in 23 games in Toledo at 11:24 of the second period. Only a minute later at 12:21 on a bad Simon Denis turnover, Scott Jacklin would score for the Admirals making it 2-1.
Going the third period, Sandlak would redeem himself for Toledo scoring at 12:54 on a rebound tying the game at 3-3. Through three periods, Toledo outshot Norfolk 33-25 in a very even game.
In overtime, Norfolk and Toledo even play continued. More so and again, Toledo got more quality scoring opportunity especially a J.P LaFontaine breakaway but again, Norfolk goalie Kilar would stop all 4 shots he faced in the period.
In the shootout, Kilar success would continue stopping Tylor Spink, Shane Berschbach and Evan Rankin. The Admirals would get the win on a shot by Zach Pochiro over Toledo goalie Cal Heeter. With the loss, it would be only Heeter’s second loss in fifteenth games in Walleye uniform and the loss would snap Toledo seven-game winning streak. Still gaining a point in the loss, Toledo gets to 100 points on the year and has somewhat comfortable five-point lead over the Colorado Eagles for the Brabham Cup. Toledo now goes into this weekend playing the Indianapolis Fuel at home on Friday before traveling to Cincinnati playing the Cyclones on Saturday night before coming home for another Sunday game matinee with the Fort Wayne Komets. Norfolk continues playing on road, playing the Reading Royals on Saturday.