Nailers drop third straight

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Toledo Walleye snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against Wheeling (6-9-5 – 17) on Wednesday night, scoring three goals in a little more than five minutes during the third period at the Huntington Center.

Forward Max Campbell and defenseman Wes O’Neill each scored two goals and Willie Coetzee tallied the game-winner with 10:08 left in the game for Toledo (14-10-1 – 29).

Goalie Kent Simpson (6-6-1) finished with 29 saves as Wheeling melted down for the second consecutive game in the third period.

The Walleye fell behind 1-0 but tied it and then grabbed a 2-1 edge in the second period, but Wheeling tied it back up just moments later.

Wheeling’s Andrew Hotham was assessed a rare penalty for a mouth guard violation in the second and Toledo cashed in as Campbell drilled a shot over Wheeling goalie Scott Darling’s shoulder. The Walleye went up 2-1 with 5:40 left in second period.

But that lead didn’t last long as Wheeling’s Luke Pither scored his second of the game to tie it at 2-2 48 seconds later.

The Nailers struck first as Pither scored a power-play goal 8:12 into the game. .

Toledo tied it at 1-1 less than two minutes later on O’Neill’s long shot from just inside the blueline. It was the Walleye’s second shot of the game. Terry Broadhurst and Andrej Nestrasil assisted.

The Walleye took a 3-2 lead as Coetzee scored on a perfectly placed shot that went top shelf with 10:08 left in the game. It was Coetzee’s 11th of the season.

Toledo then went up 4-2 on Campbell’s second of the game. Ben Youds had a terrific assist from the side of the net out front to Campbell with 8:19 left.

Wheeling1 1 0 – 2

Toledo1 1 3 – 5

1st Period-1, Wheeling, Pither 4 (Hotham, Wild), 8:12 (PP). 2, Toledo, O’Neill 8 (Nestrasil, Broadhurst), 10:09. Penalties-Rauch Tol (interference), 7:03; Crowder Whl (tripping), 11:35; Merth Whl (tripping), 13:57.

2nd Period-3, Toledo, Campbell 6 (Youds, O’Neill), 14:20 (PP). 4, Wheeling, Pither 5 (Stejskal, Germain), 15:08. Penalties-Hotham Whl (mouthgaurd violation -minor), 13:33; Rauch Tol (high-sticking), 15:39.

3rd Period-5, Toledo, Coetzee 11 (Rogers, Martin), 9:52. 6, Toledo, Campbell 7 (Youds), 11:41. 7, Toledo, O’Neill 9 (Rowe), 14:43. Penalties-served by Nestrasil Tol (bench – too many men), 0:59; Oreskovic Tol (roughing), 18:14.

Shots on Goal-Wheeling 11-10-11-32. Toledo 9-6-11-26.

Power-Play Opportunities-Wheeling 1-4; Toledo 1-3.

Goalies-Wheeling, Darling 3-4-0-1 (26 shots-21 saves). Toledo, Simpson 6-6-0-1 (32 shots-30 saves).


Referee-JM McNulty (21); Linesmen-Shaun Morgan (71), Bob Marcis (94).