Toledo scored three second period goals to pull away from Kalamazoo 5-1 on Sunday night at the Huntington Center. Toledo has an overall record of 21-39-3-2 and is 11-21-0-1 at home.
The Wings jumped out to a 1-0 lead 8:53 of the first period. The Walleye would counter when Max Shalunov picked off a pass and fired the puck in for his 13th goal of the season at 15:46. Ryan Flanigan would get his 6th goal of the season at 18:56 to put Toledo ahead for good.
"We continue to play hard each and every night," said Head Coach Dan Watson. "Tonight we were rewarded for all that effort."
Toledo exploded in the second period when Kyle Rogers fed a perfect pass in front of the Kalamazoo net that Shalunov wristed past goaltender Jordan Binnington at 2:27. Toledo would tack on a power play goal at 5:04 of the second on a wrist shot from Richard Nedomlel, his 8th goal this season.
At 14:55 of the second period, defenseman Jake Chelios would collect his first professional goal as he sent a Jesse Messier pass behind Binnington. Toledo would out shoot Kalamazoo 33-29 in the contest.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 28 saves on 29 shots on goal. Toivonen has a record 12-13-0-0 on the season. Toledo is 5-7-0 vs. Kalamazoo this season. The Walleye are 2-0-1 over the last three home games and 3-1-1 overall in the last five contests.
Walleye Transaction: Prior to the game the Walleye released forward Ryley Grantham. Grantham had one goal and 24 penalty minutes in seven games with Toledo.