Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made a season high 48 saves but Toledo fell to the Fort Wayne Komets 4-2 Sunday night at the Huntington Center. Toledo has an overall record of 18-37-3-1 and is 9-20-0-0 at home.
Toledo's Ryley Grantham would score his first goal of the season at 8:45 of the first period to tie the game at one. The Komets sent 21 shots on goal in the first period to Toledo's 17.
"Hannu Toivonen was everything for us tonight," said Head Coach Dan Watson. "He gave us the opportunity to come away with a win but we just couldn't find that third goal."
A power play to start the second period allowed the Komets to regain the lead 2-1 when Brandon Marino beat Toivonen with a wrist shot. The score would stay the same until 9:06 of the third period when Jesse Messier one-timed a Max Shalunov pass into the net. The second goal of the year for Messier tied the score at two.
Komets forward Mike Embach tipped a loose puck past Toivonen with 1:13 left in the third period put Fort Wayne up for good. Former Walleye forward Aaron Clarke added an empty net goal.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 48 saves on 51 shots on goal. Toivonen has a record 9-11-0-0 on the season. Toledo has not won a home game since January 26 (4-2 over Greenville), a span of eleven straight games.
Walleye Transaction: Toledo has claimed forward Kyle Bodie off of waivers from the South Carolina Stingrays who released him yesterday.
Bodie appeared in 28 games with the Stingrays this season, collecting four goals and six assists. The native of East St. Paul, Manitoba also appeared in nine games this year with San Francisco and seven in Cincinnati. Prior to turning professional, the 25 year old played four seasons at Union College appearing in 122 games, scoring 28 goals with 57 assists. His 33 points (9G, 24A) was good for second on the Dutchmen in scoring. The 6'0", 180 pound forward was a member of back to back ECAC championship teams at Union.