KALAMAZOO - Defenseman Phil Rauch scored with just two minutes left in the game to lead Toledo to a 3-2 win in Kalamazoo. Toledo has a record of 11-7-0-1 and is 7-2-0-1 on the road this season. The win extends Toledo's unbeaten in regulation streak on the road to a Walleye record eight games (7-0-0-1).
The Walleye came out firing with 11 shots on goal, but were held scoreless by goaltender Joel Martin. The Wings would get the lone goal with a power play goal at 7:56 of the first period when Kory Karlander beat Kent Simpson.
"Playing with energy was our number one key today," said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. "We knew they would try to start fast today and we needed to withstand that. I thought we were outstanding today for the final two periods."
The Walleye would tie the game at a goal apiece when Phil Oreskovic scored his first goal of the year at 5:11 of the second period. Oreskovic pushed a rebound past Joel Martin after he stopped the shot from Terry Broadhurst. The Walleye outshot the Kalamazoo Wings 17-7 in the second period.
Toledo would collect a 2-1 lead when Max Campbell beat Martin with a wrist shot from the left circle. Joey Martin assisted on the fifth goal of the season from Campbell at 2:22 of the third. Kalamazoo would tie the game at 4:55 of the period. Defenseman Phil Rauch ended up with a breakaway with just two minutes left and scored his first goal of the year unassisted.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Kent Simpson made 25 saves and is 4-5-0-1 on the season. Toledo is 6-5-0-0 against teams from the North Division this year. All three goals scored by the Walleye were even strength. Toledo outshot Kalamazoo 40-27 for the game.