Walleye fall to Kalamazoo 6-4


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Walleye fell behind by two goals early before rallying to tie Kalamazoo, but Toledo could not comeback again in the third period.

Walleye forward Trevor Parkes scored twice, but Kalamazoo prevailed 6-4 tonight.

Toledo (2-2-1) fell for the second straight game and is now 1-1-1 on the road. Kalamazoo (1-2-0) won for the first time this season.

“This is always a very difficult place to play and win games,” Walleye coach Nick Vitucci said. “We knew they would come out with a lot of fire and that was the case. We battled tonight. Credit Kalamazoo for the job they did tonight.”

The Wings controlled most of the first period of play as they outshot Toledo 11-3 and scored twice on Toledo goaltender Mac Carruth. Kalamzoo went up 1-0 with a power play goal at 13:33 from David Pacan and then Adam Polasek made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 16:09 for the scoring in the first.

Toledo closed the gap when Travis Novak wristed a shot over the glove hand of goaltender Joel Martin (16 saves) at 5:34 of the second period

The Walleye tied the game at two when Alden Hirschfeld set up Parkes for his third goal of the season at 9:45. But the Wings scored twice in the back half of the period to lead 4-2 after two periods.

Just eight seconds into the third period Scott Arnold collected his fourth goal of the season for Toledo.

But Kalamazoo regained a two-goal lead when Yanni Gourde beat Carruth with a wrist shot. Parkes scored his second goal of the game at 14:41 of the third period with a wrist shot far side to make it 5-4. However, Kalamazoo got an empty net goal to cap the scoring.

Carruth made 35 saves on 40 shots and is now 2-1-0.

Kalamazoo outshot Toledo 41-20.

The teams meet again Saturday night at the Huntington Center at 7:15.