Toledo Walleye beat Cincinnati 4-3, move to first place in ECHL North Division


The Toledo Walleye continued rolling today and moved into first place with a 4-3 win over Cincinnati.

Toledo took an early 2-0 lead on goals from Travis Novak and Terry Broadhurst. The Cyclones answered with a goal late in the opening period. But Andrej Nestrasil scored midway through the second period for the Walleye.

Luke Glendening added another goal late in the middle period. But Cincinnati scored twice in the third period to make it a one-goal game.

The Walleye (13-7-1) won their fourth straight game and vaulted over the Cyclones (12-5-2) to the top of the ECHL North Division.

Toledo coach Nick Vitucci coached in his 500th regular-season game before a crowd of 6,153 at the Huntington Center.

Rookie goalie Kent Simpson earned the win by making 16 saves.

Toledo outshot the Cyclones 38-19.

Broadhurst and Novak also assisted on each others' goals. Nestrasil also had a two-point game. Glendening, who scored his team-high 12th of the season, also had an assist.

The game also featured the annual Teddy Bear Toss as fans tossed stuffed animals on the ice after the Walleye scored their first goal to support Lucas County Children's Services. The Hanson Brothers from the movie Slap Shot also made an appearance.

The Walleye play their next three games on the road, beginning Sunday at Evansville. Toledo returns home on Dec. 12 against Wheeling.