Walleye lose home openerWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It only took the Toledo Walleye two seconds into the 2011 for its first fight as defenseman Scott Fletcher squared off with Tim Spencer of the Chicago Express.
Toledo rode the momentum and scored 3:34 into the game. Captain and right winger Kyle Rodgers took a wrist shot from the top of the left circle over Chicago goalie Ryan Nolan’s left shoulder. Forwards Aaron Lewicki and Joey Martin assisted on the goal.
Nolan dominated the rest of the game. The Walleye outshot Chicago 35-24, but Nolan did not allow another goal as the Express won 5-1 in front of a record crowd of 8,250 at the Huntington Center.
Chicago tied the game in the first period, took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission and scored three goals in the third period. Left winger Blair Riley and defenseman Drew Paris each scored two goals. Thomas McCollum stopped 19 of 24 shots for the Walleye.
Toledo plays at Kalamazoo Oct. 21 and hosts the South Carolina Stingrays Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. with the first 3,000 fans receiving rally towels.