FORT WAYNE, IN – After a rough game on the road against the Cincinnati Cyclones on Thanksgiving Eve, the Toledo Walleye looked to respond on Thanksgiving Day on the road again against rival the Fort Wayne Komets. It’s was an up-and-down game from Toledo that wasn’t enough in Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne was the first to get on the board as Shawn Szydlowski would score off a Dennis Kravchenko shot with Toledo netminder Pat Nagle way out on the play only a 1:18 into the game. Toledo troubles continue as Kravchenko would score to make it 2-0 after good passing from Jason Binkley and Szydlowski. Fort Wayne with two goals on three shots in only two minutes into the game and Nagle had a struggle with both. After Komets forward Jamie Schaafsma was called for a tripping penalty, Zach Nastasiuk would get Toledo on the board off Walleye defenseman Kevin Tansey shot. Toledo would be lucky to even be in the game though getting outshot 17-6 in the period.
The Walleye would continue to crawl back into the game as Christian Hilbrich would continue his positive year getting Toledo back into the game at 15:30 of the period on again rebound from a Tyler Barnes shot. Fort Wayne would the lead back though at 18:50 of the period as Ryan Lowney would score his first goal of the year from the blueline as Nagle was screened. A second-period that Toledo played much better and got themselves back in the game.
In a crazy two-minutes in the third period, Toledo’s Connor Crisp would get the game tied at 3:10 of the period whacking at the puck that would get past Komets goaltender Michael Houser. Only a minute later at 4:31, Toledo wasn’t done as Tyler Barnes would nicely sneak past the Fort Wayne defense to get the Walleye first lead of the game. Only 13 seconds later from the Barnes goal, Fort Wayne Kravenchkno would get another goal as Nagle was slow moving on the play. Fort Wayne would get the lead back for good eight seconds later at 5:02 of the period as Gabriel Desjardins would score off a Mason Baptista shot. In a matter of two minutes, four goals combined between both teams.
Give credit to Toledo for getting back into the game and having the lead shortly but a bad start from Toledo, only 1/3 on the power-play for the night and sloppy goaltending from Nagle doomed Toledo for the game. Toledo busy week continues playing the Worchester Railers at home Friday and then traveling to Brampton playing the Brampton Beast on the road for a Sunday matinee.