The IceMen scored twice in the first period and pulled away from Toledo 7-3 Wednesday night in Evansville. Toledo has an overall record of 7-12-3-0 and is 2-7-3-0 on the road this season.
Evansville would strike first when Daultan Leveille tipped a rebound in past goaltender Hannu Toivonen at 1:14 of the first period. The IceMen would make it 2-0 at 7:05 when Tristen King wristed a shot over the blocker of Toivonen.
"A tough start for us tonight," said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. "You can't fall behind night in night out in this league and win consistently. We need to find a way to get off to better starts and play some with the lead."
The Walleye would outshoot Evansville 15-7 in the second period, but it would be the IceMen getting the goals. At 2:31, Matt Schepke would wrist a shot through Toivonen to make it 3-0. At 16:24 Tom Zanoski would trickle one past the Walleye goaltender to give the IceMen a 4-0 lead after two periods. Toledo had its chances including a two on one that forward Kevin Lynch was robbed of a goal by Evansville goaltender Garrett Bartus.
Toledo would score three goals in the third period. The first was scored by Travis Novak at 5:19 of the third period when tapped in his 6th goal of the year. Novak would get another power play goal at 9:31 of the third period when he blasted a shot through Bartus. The last Toledo goal came from Kyle Rogers when he deflected Max Nicastro's shot in for his 5th goal of the year at 16:58.