FORT WAYNE, IN – After an up-and-down game in Quad City in which they won, the Toledo Walleye went looking to capture more success against the Fort Wayne Komets in Fort Wayne on Saturday night. The Walleye have had the Komets number winning the only two playoff series between them and Toledo has had the momentum between them in the regular season. It was a completely different story for the Komets though on Saturday night.
The Komets attacked Toledo early and got many quality shots on Toledo’s goalie Matej Machovsky in the first period. ECHL veteran Shawn Szydlowski would give Fort Wayne their first lead on rebound off a Cody Sol shot. Kyle Bonis would tie it only minutes later for the Walleye on a wrap-around. Tyson Fawcett would give Fort Wayne its lead back on a tip from a Sol shot. Fawcett would continue his continue his good night breaking out on Toledo’s bad defense scoring late at 18:27 of the period to make it 3-1.
In the second period, Kyle Bonis would continue his success scoring at 13:03 of the period on a very nice shot and move to cut Fort Wayne lead to 3-2. The story of the second period though for Toledo was going 0-3 on the power play in the period and struggling to get back in the game. It was also a second period that saw Machovsky leave with an injury and Pat Nagle would stay in the rest of the game, his first game in Fort Wayne after the last three years for playing for him. Toledo’s A.J. Jenks would also fight Fort Wayne’s Dennis Kravchenko in the second period, an early candidate for the fight of the year.
Fawcett would put the finishing touches on the game and completing a hat-trick for him at 13:19 of the third period making 4-2 Fort Wayne.
In the end, Toledo powerplay continues to struggle going 0/4 on Saturday and now 0/7 for the year. A lot of credit also goes to Fort’s Wayne goalie Michael Houser who faced 30 shots and played well in his Fort Wayne debut. Toledo plays their first home game of the year against the Quad City Mallards next Saturday at the Huntington Center.
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