TOLEDO, OH – After falling to the Fort Wayne Komets on Friday night in Fort Wayne and being only 2-2-1 in their last five games, Toledo needed a win to get things going again.
Enter the lackluster Indy Fuel. A team with only a 5-9-2-1 record for the year but had likely one of their bigger wins of the 2017-18 campaign over the Quad City Mallards on Friday night at home.
In what would be an even first period, Indy proved it could play with Toledo as the Fuel only got outshoot 10-6 in the period. Neither side could dent the scoresheet, though, with both sides going 0-for-2 on the power play in the first period.
The momentum turned in the second period as the Walleye started to assert their dominance. After Indy netminder Etienne Marcoux couldn’t get the puck, Dylan Sadowy would score his first goal of the year in what would be his best game since coming down from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins last month. Toledo’s offense would continue to roll as Patrick McCarron would score with a blast from the blueline at 16:54 of the second period. A period that saw Toledo outshot Indy 16-6 and control play from start to finish.
Toledo’s offense would continue to pour it on in the third period as Tyler Barnes would score against his former team off a Christian Hilbrich shot to make it 3-0 at 10:59 of the period. Descoteaux would score for Indy at 16:03 after a very nice feed from Michael Neal. Indy would make the game interesting in the final minutes, but a late goal from Ryan Rupert would be too-little, too-late as the Walleye went on to win 3-2.
Even though it wasn’t a great win by any stretch, the Walleye needed this win, especially with their recent struggles and the injuries piling up on the team.
The Walleye will host the Fort Wayne Komets tomorrow in a school day game (10:35 am ET start), followed by a game with the Tulsa Oilers on Friday and a Saturday night date with the Wheeling Nailers at Huntington Center.