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Walleye Win 7-0 over Wheeling; One Millionth Fan Recognized

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Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 33 saves and the Walleye offense took over scoring a season high 7 goals in a 7-0 win over Wheeling Sunday night at the Huntington Center.  Toledo has an overall record of 12-18-3-0 and is 8-7-0-0 at home this season.


Gary Stiff from West Toledo became the one millionth Walleye fan to attend a game at the Huntington Center. "It was a total surprise. When my son and I walked through the gate, the mascots were banging on the drums and we found out I was the one millionth fan."


As the millionth fan, Stiff and his son visited the Swamp Shop to pick out jerseys, drop the ceremonial first puck, appeared on the Walleye broadcasts and got treated to several surprises throughout the game.


"We were thrilled to welcome our one millionth fan," said General Manager and President Joe Napoli.  "We want to thank Gary and all the Toledo region fans who helped us reach this milestone."


For a third consecutive game, the Walleye would start the scoring as defenseman Richard Nedomlel wristed in a shot from the blue line at 4:49 of the first period for his 5th goal of the year. David Gilbert would make it 2-0 Toledo at 10:46 of the first period with his 9th goal of the season.


"This all started with a great performance in our own zone," said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. "By playing well in the defensive zone allowed us to generate offensive opportunities that we cashed in on."

The Toledo would explode for three second period goals. At 2:11, Aaron Clarke would deflect in his 6th goal of the season. Trevor Parkes would score his team leading 17th goal of the season at 6:52. Louis-Marc Aubry got his 7th goal of the year at 17:50 of the period.

Kyle Rogers scored his 8th of the season at 1:06 of the third period. Travis Novak would cap the scoring with his 8th goal of the year at 8:09 of the third.