Toledo Walleye rally for 2-2 tie, fall in shootout to host Wheeling


WHEELING, W. Va. — The Walleye fell last night despite rallying from an early two-goal deficit as Toledo goalie Kent Simpson was sharp throughout.

The Walleye fell behind 1-0 just 6:41 into the game. Toledo responded with goals from Ben Youds and Randy Rowe also in the opening period.

Wheelilng went on to prevail 3-2 in a game that went to the shootout.

Simpson, a rookie, finished with 25 saves.

Chris Barton was the only Nailer player to beat Simpson in the shootout, while Toledo’s five skaters failed to score.

“The games are always end to end in this building,” Walleye coach Nick Vitucci said. “They got the jump on us early starting with a lot of energy as they usually do in this building. Simpson gave us a chance tonight with his goaltending.”

Toledo (4-2-1) fell to 2-2-1 on the road. After playing five straight on the road, the Walleye return home today for a game against Fort Wayne at 7:05 p.m.

Toledo spotted Wheeling a 2-0 lead as Cody Wild and Peter Merth scored early goals.

Youds scored at 10:22 of the period when he beat Wheeling goaltender Patrick Killeen (19 saves) with a wrist shot from the right circle. It was the defenseman’s first goal of the season.

Rowe, who also assisted on Youds’ goal, tied the contest when he tipped a rebound past Killeen at 16:56 of the first for his second goal of the year.

Byron Froese and Luke Glendening had assists for Toledo.

Neither team would score in the second period as the Nailers outshot Toledo 9-2. Simpson stopped Barton on a breakaway late in the second.

The teams exchanged great chances in the third period, and in overtime, but neither team could score. Each team had two shots in the extra period.

Wheeling (3-3-1) outshot Toledo 28-21.

The Walleye went 0 for 3 on the power play and the Nailers were 0 of 4.

After hosting Fort Wayne (3-2-1), Toledo takes on Evansville (0-6-1) at 7:05 on Saturday at the Huntington Center.