Pearce gets first shutout as Toledo Walleye defeat Evansville, 4-0

12/15/2012
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Toledo Walleye player Joey Martin, 14, shoots the puck as he's knocked down by Evansville Icemen player Matt Gens.
Toledo Walleye player Joey Martin, 14, shoots the puck as he's knocked down by Evansville Icemen player Matt Gens.

The Walleye sent a season-high 46 shots on net tonight and beat Evansville 4-0 before a crowd of 5,859 at the Huntington Center.

Toledo had 18 shots in each of the first two periods but only forward Willie Coetzee was able to score. Travis Novak added a goal with 2:18 left and Coetzee tacked on an empty net goal with 1:37 left. Terry Broadhurst added another with 13 seconds remaining.

Walleye goalie Jordan Pearce got his first shutout of the season, finishing with 27 saves.

Evansville goalie Paul Dainton was strong until the end at the Huntington Center.

Coetzee scored on a one timer on a quick pass from Joey Martin. Coetzee leads the team with 23 points with 12 goals and 11 assists. Coetzee's goal came with 5:56 left in first period.

The Walleye had 36 shots on net through two periods. The season-high for shots in a period was 18 and they did it twice tonight.

Toledo came into the game outshooting its opponents 787-684. Toledo outshot the IceMen 47-27.

Dainton had two great glove saves in the second period. He has played in more games at the higher level American Hockey League than in the ECHL.

Moments after Dainton made a great glove save, Pearce countered with a glove save of his own in the second period.

The Walleye moved into first place in the North Division, moving one point ahead of Cincinnati, which did not play on Saturday.

It was the fourth meeting between the teams and the Walleye had lost all three previous match ups. Evansville, which is a new expansion franchise, had outscored Toledo 15-8 in the three games.

Toledo (15-10-1) hosts Florida on Sunday at 5 p.m.