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Published: Sunday, 1/15/2012

Walleye get 2nd win in a row

BLADE STAFF

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- After a six-game losing streak heading into the weekend, this winning thing feels kind of nice for the Walleye.

Joey Ryan's goal midway through the third period broke a tie to come away with a 5-4 decision over the host Kalamazoo K-Wings in front of 2,809 at Wings Arena.

The victory hands Toledo its second consecutive win in as many nights.

Ryan's goal -- his second of the season -- was scored with 11:08 left in the contest on assists from Adam Estoclet and Harrison Reed.

Estoclet notched the game-tying goal midway through the second period after Toledo had led 2-0 early in the first.

Ryan finished with three points as he had assists on the first two goals as Andrej Nestrasil and Joey Martin scored twice in the span of 25 seconds within the first two minutes of the game to give the Walleye the advantage early.

Dustin Carlson picked up the victory in net for Toledo, making seven saves after replacing Rob Nolan in between the pipes in the second period after Toledo gave up four goals to lose the early lead.

Darryl Bootland scored 6:22 into the first period to cut the deficit in half for the Wings. He tallied a tying goal 2:25 later as the team's skated into the first intermission.

In the second, Kalamazoo took the lead on markers from Darren Archibald 30 seconds into the stanza and Bryan Haczyk 45 seconds later.

Rogers got the Walleye closer at 4-3 a mere 2:17 later with his 10th of the season before Estoclet tied the game.

The Walleye dominated offensively and defensively despite the final score, outshooting the Wings 38-16, holding Kalamazoo to no more than eight shots in a period.

Kalamazoo goaltender Riley Gill made 33 saves.

Toledo was 0-for-3 on the power play while Kalamazoo went 0-for-2.



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