Forward Daniel Koger scored twice to lead Toledo to a 5-3 win Saturday night in Wheeling. Toledo has an overall record of 11-18-3-0 and is 4-11-3-0 on the road this season.
For a second consecutive night the Walleye would score the first goal of the game as Daniel Koger deflected a Stephon Thorne shot in for his second goal of the season at 5:27 of the first period. The Nailers would tie the game at 14:15 of the period when Sahir Gill fired a one-timer past Hannu Toivonen.
"We continue to give great efforts each and every night and that is biggest key," said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. "We were rewarded tonight for that effort in a big way with power plays and goals. It was a complete game through and through."
The Walleye would regain the lead at 5:14 of the second period when Koger slammed a rebound past Wheeling goaltender Mike Condon for his second goal of the game. Aaron Clarke would score his first goal in a Walleye uniform when he scored a power play goal at 6:20 of the second period. Louis-Marc Aubry would make it 4-1 Toledo with his 6th goal of the season at 9:02. Toledo out shot Wheeling 15-5 in the second period.
The Nailers would a power play goal and a shorthanded goal to trim the Walleye lead to 4-3 before Alden Hirschfeld scored an empty net goal with 12 seconds left in the game.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 31 saves on 34 shots in net for Toledo. Toivonen has a record 6-8-0-0 on the season. Daniel Koger finished the game with two goals and one assist in his first game since December 7 when he was injured at Evansville. The road win snapped a four game road losing streak for Toledo.