Toledo Walleye rally falls short, suffer home loss to Orlando Solar Bears

1/14/2013
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Orlando Solar Bears' goalie John Curry, left, looks back as a mixture of Walleye and Solar Bears are in the net.
Orlando Solar Bears' goalie John Curry, left, looks back as a mixture of Walleye and Solar Bears are in the net.

In a wild game at a packed Huntington Center, the Walleye rallied after surrendering a two-goal lead but ultimately fell in a contest that went to the shootout.

The Walleye saw a two-game winning streak end, losing 4-3 to Orlando before a sellout crowd of 7,823 at the Huntington Center.

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Terry Broadhurst was the only player for the Walleye to score in the shootout. Toledo goalie Kent Simpson stopped two skaters in the shootout but Dan Gendur scored the game winner. Three Solar Bears beat Simpson, while only Broadhurst beat Orlando goalie John Curry.

Forwards Brandon Svendsen and Kyle Rogers gave Toledo an early 2-0 lead and defenseman Cody Lampl tied it at 3 in the second period.

Toledo scored two goals in the first period when the Walleye sent a season-high 24 shots on net. Svendsen and Rogers gave Toledo a 2-0 lead.

But the Solar Bears scored three unanswered goals. Orlando took a 3-2 lead after a bad turnover led to a two on none breakaway. Walleye goalie Kent Simpson (16 saves) had no chance on Ryan Reaves' one timer from C.J. Severyn. Walleye forward Terry Broadhurst could not handle a pass on the blue line.

The Walleye tied it back up on Lampl's snap shot on an assist by Joey Martin with 2:10 left in second period. It was Lampl's second of the season.

The Walleye outshot the Solar Bears 42-20. Every Toledo player had at least one shot on goal. Orlando had just two shots in the final period and none in regulation.

Toledo went 0 of 4 on the power play, while Orlando was 0 of 1.

Simpson made a key save with 2:21 left in overtime.

The Walleye host Kalamazoo today at 5:05 p.m. The first 2,000 fans at the Huntington Center will receive a Spike "bobble-body."