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Published: Wednesday, 12/12/2012

Walleye take down Wheeling 5-2

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Walleye right wingman Luke Glendening, center, and left wingman Terry Broadhurst, right, fight for control of the puck during the first period against the Wheeling Nailers at the Huntington Center in Toledo. Walleye right wingman Luke Glendening, center, and left wingman Terry Broadhurst, right, fight for control of the puck during the first period against the Wheeling Nailers at the Huntington Center in Toledo.
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The Toledo Walleye snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Wheeling tonight.

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

Rookie goalie Kent Simpson (6-6-1) finished with 29 saves to get the win.

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

The Walleye, who average 31.67 shots per game, had just 25 shots before an announced crowd of 4,319 at the Huntington Center.

Wheeling was assessed a very 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 just 48 seconds later.

The Nailers struck first as Pither scored a power play goal 8:12 into the game. Simpson was screened on Pithers' backhander.

Toledo tied it at 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.

O'Neill added to his career-high season goal total. O'Neill has nine goals in 24 games. His previous high was six in a season.

Simpson made several solid stops in the second and third period.

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.

O'Neill scored his second of the game when his shot deflected off a Nailer defenseman with 5:07 left.

The Walleye scored goals on three straight shots in the third.

Toledo hosts Evansville on Saturday and Florida on Sunday.



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