The Toledo Walleye won their home opener before a capacity crowd during a festive atmosphere at the Huntington Center tonight.
The 8,200 spectators at the downtown arena had to wait until the third period before either Toledo or Wheeling scored. But Walleye rookie Kevin Lynch tallied the game's first goal 21 seconds into the third period as Toledo shutout Wheeling 2-0.
Lynch, a former University of Michigan forward, scored the game winner on the first shot of the third period.
Toledo forward Scott Arnold then scored on a rebound after Lynch hit the post with his shot as the Walleye took a 2-0 lead with 11:24 left in regulation.
Walleye rookie goalie Mac Carruth posted the shutout with 30 saves.
Lynch scored on a shot from the left slot on assists from Russ Sinkewich and Travis Novak. Lynch also scored both of Toledo's goals in a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday, including his first as a pro.
There was no score at the game's midpoint. Toledo had just one shot in the second period at that point as Wheeling led 16-13 in shots. The Walleye had six shots overall in the second period.
Next up for the Walleye is the annual School Appreciation Day game. Faceoff for the contest at the Huntington Center on Wednesday is at 10:35 a.m. Toledo then has a home and home series with Kalamazoo next weekend. The Wings play at Toledo next Saturday.