or its entire 36-year history, “Star Wars” has been too big a concept for films alone. George Lucas’ lifelong interest in comic books led to the pop culture juggernaut’s simultaneous introduction to the world as a movie and a comic. Now, unconfirmed reports place Star Wars comics back at their original home, Marvel Comics.
Lucas approached Marvel before the release of his 1977 blockbuster to secure its efforts on a “Star Wars” comic book. After much wrangling, the company produced the first issue of the new series shortly before the film’s release. Marvel thought it was taking quite a chance on the book — and the film — but editor Roy Thomas stayed the course after the initial six-issue adaptation of the movie and the license remained with the famous “House of Ideas” for nine years and 107 issues. In 1986, after “Return of the Jedi,” the company let the license go when fans’ interest had fallen off significantly and sales had slipped into a shallow slump.
Seven years later, another company took a chance on the property, even without a new film to support it.
In 1993, the fledgling Dark Horse Comics turned its new miniseries, Star Wars: Dark Empire, into a successful run that continues to this day.
Dark Horse has produced dozens of Star Wars comic book titles and just recently released its newest, which takes place during the fertile period of time between Episodes IV and V.
Now, with the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, it appears as if the now-coveted “Star Wars” comic book license may head back to another Disney holding — its first home, Marvel Comics.
The story of “Star Wars” is one of death and rebirth, legacy and legend, and redemption and hope. As fans await the first new film since 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith,” they may also now look toward a potential new hope for “Star Wars” comics and the continuation of a unique legacy at Marvel Comics.
Archive for January, 2013
or its entire 36-year history, “Star Wars” has been too big a concept for films alone. George Lucas’ lifelong interest in comic books led to the pop culture juggernaut’s simultaneous introduction to the world as a movie and a comic. Now, unconfirmed reports place Star Wars comics back at their original home, Marvel Comics.
It’s a wonderful comedic premise. Take Sir Mix-a-Lot’s kitschy rap classic “Baby Got Back” and turn it into a soft rock ballad. It was wonderful when comic musician Jonathan Coulton first recorded his version of “Baby Got Back” in 2005. It helped establish his cult following, which exploded after he contributed the song “Still Alive” to the classic video game “Portal.”
And it was still a wonderful comic premise when word hit the internet that FOX’s “Glee” would feature a cover of “Baby Got Back” in the episode “Sadie Hawkins.” A soft rock cover. Wait a minute …
Now, if it were simply a matter of two individual entities having the same great idea, that would be one thing. It’s plausible that no one associated with “Glee” has ever heard of Coulton or his version. So if they independently wrote a comically “soft” version of Mix-a-Lot’s song, that wouldn’t automatically scream “rip-off.”
Then an apparently official cut of the “Glee” version of “Baby” popped up on the Internet. And it became clear that the two versions share much more than a common inspiration. The two cuts are virtually identical.
From the opening chorus to the backing tracks to the beat to the … everything, this supposedly official “Glee” cut is essentially the exact same song as Coulton’s version. Canny Internet users showed via mashup websites that when played simultaneously, the two versions are pretty much indistinguishable. There’s even some debate over whether “Glee” sampled Coulton’s music track directly for its version.
Then there’s the matter of “Johnny C.” While the lion’s share of Mix-a-Lot’s lyrics were left intact in Coulton’s original cover, he did change one moment where the rapper referred to himself by name. Coulton altered the phrase to “Johnny C,” a reference to himself, of course. In the unearthed “Glee” version, the singer gets to that same lyric and refers to himself as … “Johnny C.” A remarkable coincidence, no?
Of course, if “Glee” was using Coulton’s work with his permission, that’d be one thing. But we have word from the man himself that this is not the case. Coulton has made plain in numerous postings on Twitter and his own blog that no one from the show had ever contacted him to request permission before the episode’s production — he found out when the track hit the net, just like everyone else.
Still, Coulton asked his fans to exercise caution in their outrage. “This is the Internet after all — it’s a complicated place and it gets a lot of things wrong,” he wrote on his blog. Maybe the leaked track wasn’t official. Maybe there was just a miscommunication. Maybe …
Then, on Jan. 24, two things happened. One, the “Sadie Hawkins” episode of “Glee” aired, featuring the exact same version of “Baby Got Back” as was leaked. No credit to Coulton was given. The track is on sale on iTunes.
Then, on his blog, Coulton noted that “They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version — so you know, it’s kind of SECRET
Apparently, the legalities surrounding re-recording a cover are murky enough that, even if a new version is demonstrably different from the original, FOX believes it’s on strong legal ground to simply copy the work outright without credit. And previous situations where cover artists claimed to have been “given greater exposure” by having work copied without credit on “Glee” have borne this out.
But let’s leave legalities aside, here. As someone who appreciates art, this is simply wrong. It is disgusting for employees of a major company to borrow another’s work, not give said artist credit and then tell him he should be grateful for the attention. FOX may be legally in the right. But morally, it’s utterly bankrupt.
Coulton, however, has responded with class and brilliance. He has posted a new track himself on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon — “Baby Got Back (in the style of ‘Glee’)”. Yes, that’s right, he’s released a cover of the “Glee” cover of his cover — which, illustrating his point, sounds exactly like the original. Oh, and all proceeds will go to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the It Gets Better Project.
And as far as FOX’s arrogant assertion about “exposure” — well, let’s prove it right. Look up Coulton on iTunes and through his official website at JonathanCoulton.com. Listen to his amazing work and support him. And let’s give “Glee” the opposite of exposure — if the show and its network feel so cavalier about borrowing from others to prop up their enterprise, “Glee” clearly does not deserve any more attention than necessary.
Email Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor Jeff McGinnis at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.
While the summer after high school graduation is seen by many as a last bastion of juvenile freedom prior to adulthood, Toledo native and 2012 Start High School graduate Nick Hamm experienced a different kind of freedom.
Instead of running amok in Northwest Ohio and putting thoughts of a looming fall semester of college courses in the back of his mind, Hamm traveled across the country this past summer with his brother Eric as part of their first national tour in local indie punk outfit Citizen.
“That first tour, it was pretty crazy because I don’t think we had traveled west as a band,” Hamm said. “I think the furthest we had been was, like, Chicago, so it was a lot of our first times seeing the country, and that was pretty crazy in itself.”
Though it was Citizen’s first time making it across the country, it wasn’t the first time its music had reached a national audience, something Hamm and his bandmates discovered while on tour.
“There was one specific show where in California there was 200 people there, and it’s so crazy because that’s a similar crowd that we draw in Toledo,” Hamm said.
“So it’s pretty crazy to go out to a state that far for the first time and be playing for that many people that already know who you are and know your words and sing along.
“It’s pretty wild, especially coming out of high school.”
Citizen — Hamm (guitar), his brother Eric (bass), Ryland Oehlers (guitar), Cray Wilson (drums) and Mat Kerekes (vocals) — spent the better part of 2012 getting its name out to as many fans as possible. Since touring with Turnover and Light Years during the summer, the band has continued playing shows across the United States and even made its way into Canada. That live experience will continue in 2013 with what Hamm said will be Citizen’s biggest tour yet. “The Suppy Nation Tour” kicks off in March with The Story So Far, Man Overboard, Tonight Alive and The American Scene.
“It’s going to be pretty crazy,” Hamm said of “The Suppy Nation Tour.” “There’s going to be hundreds of people there every night and it won’t, like, come down on us if a show’s not good, but I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about it at all for this tour.
“The Story So Far and Man Overboard both have huge fan bases, so it’s going to be really cool to support a tour like that rather than headline or be one of the bands that the draws are determined by.”
Prior to heading out on the road again for “The Suppy Nation Tour,” Citizen will play a hometown gig at Frankie’s Inner City on Feb. 3. That performance will be followed by a trip to Conshohocken, Pa., on Feb. 9, where the band will begin recording its debut, full-length album with producer Will Yip (CKY, Papa Roach, The Wonder Years).
“He’s got so much experience and it’s cool that he’s still helping out smaller bands because his production quality is good enough to be doing whatever he wants to, so it’s really cool,” Hamm said of Yip. “And the studio that he works at is pretty legendary. It’s had anywhere from Bob Dylan to Boys II Men record there, so it’s pretty crazy.”
Hamm said Citizen will record with Yip from Feb. 9 until March 1 before getting ready to head out on “The Suppy Nation Tour,” which will close at Headlines on April 13 as part of Jamboree.
“I think it’s going to be an early summer release, and we’ve got a lot of songs ready for it,” Hamm said of Citizen’s forthcoming full-length album. “I think it’s definitely the best music we’ve written thus far, so we’re all excited about it.”
Having done the amount of touring Citizen has in the past year, Hamm said, road experiences like seeing the Grand Canyon and traveling the country together have only made the band stronger and brought its members closer.
“We drove 10 hours out of the way to go and we got there right as the sun was rising,” Hamm said of Citizen’s visit to the Grand Canyon. “So it was really insane to see something that you only see on TV and all that, so that was pretty crazy.”
On Feb. 3, Citizen will perform at a show that also features Dead End Path, Build and Destroy, Freedom and Arrows at Frankie’s, 308 Main St. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, as well as locally at Culture Clash Records (419-536-LOVE) and RamaLama Records (419-531-ROCK). Doors are at 6 p.m. and all ages are welcome.
Jack and the Bear gained national exposure when its “Jack’s Flying Theme Part 2” was featured in the season premiere of MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show.”
“It was kind of surreal,” said accordion/piano player Ryan Servis. “It was cool to hear your own music on something that people all over the country are watching.”
Even though the band’s music is being heard on a national scale (they’ve also been played on an episode of MTV’s “Teen Mom 2”), the furthest west the band has played is Chicago. They’re hoping that changes soon.
The band from Monroe, Mich., consists of three siblings and their friends, ranging from 19 to 23 years old. They have self-released two EPs and are currently saving up to record their debut LP.
Jack and the Bear will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the One2 Lounge at TREO in Sylvania. The event, the “Jack and the Bear Fundraiser Spectacular” and will feature a silent auction and raffle.
Prizes will include original artwork, scratch recordings and miscellaneous merchandise.
The band is hoping to raise $2,500, which will cover the expenses of touring and recording. The band members have set their sights on the Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Sonoma County, Calif., a studio where Tom Waits has recorded. The studio was chosen for that specific reason, as Waits is a big inspiration for the band.
“We kind of figured, what better way to get his sound than to go to the studio that he recorded a few of his albums at,” Servis said.
The band will record with Waits’ producer Oz Fritz, which Servis said is an honor.
“It’s kind of intimidating because this guy is a Grammy Award-winning producer,” Servis said. “He’s made some of our favorite music so [it’s] intimidating but at the same time I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Servis said the event in Sylvania is important because it could help the band’s future as it is readying itself to go into the studio.
“We’re kind of anxious to get in, but at the same time, you know, it’s a big deal so we want to make sure we’re ready,” Servis said. “There’s still a lot of preparation to do.”
The band has booked the studio for 10 days in March. Their debut album will feature tracks from their earlier EPs with three new tracks as well. The next step is to release what they record, Servis said, so they will look for a publicist and label.
“In the meantime, we’ll be out touring,” Servis said.
The band’s tour will begin in Chicago on Feb. 27, going until the end of March.
“There’s something romantic about being in a different city every day,” Servis said.
Jack and the Bear’s sound reflects current indie bands like Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons. They opened doors for Jack and the Bear, according to the band’s bio.
“We all really like those bands,” Servis said. “They influence us musically, but at the same time … they’ve proven over and over again that they can be commercially successful in a sound of music that is not exactly mainstream. It’s not something you’d expect everyone to be interested in, but they kind of showed that it works.”
For clothing designers and brand owners, nationwide retail has long been the Holy Grail of distribution. But the paradigm is shifting and the online presence of digital retailers has exploded.
In December, Toledoan Donney McMullin entered into an elite club of clothing designers with an intimidating online presence when he signed on with Karmaloop.com. Karmaloop is a premier urban style and “streetwear” distributor that receives 4 to 5 million unique visitors to its site each month.
McMullin’s John Dough Brand clothing took root in Toledo in 2005. With local person-to-person sales and his introduction into bricks-and-mortar retail in the past two years, McMullin has looked for ways to expand his brand.
“The Karmaloop situation is a big deal for me, the John Dough Brand and for Toledo,” McMullin said. “Karmaloop gives John Dough an international presence. Now, this brand that was built and nurtured here in Toledo since 2005 is sold in China, the U.K., Australia. This is an actual outlet to the international market.”
McMullin said the Karmaloop deal would be used as leverage to push the Toledo-based label.
“Karmaloop is very elite. It’s not easy to get your brand on that site and they don’t deal with garbage. So with that recognition, I can go to major trade shows and come back with major orders. I can go to the big box stores and use my online presence to help secure more orders.”
John Dough Brand has done well in Toledo.
“I love Toledo, love my Toledo people,” McMullin said. “The support that I’ve had at home has been awesome and that was a very important factor with getting John Dough Brand onto Karmaloop. I will stay in Toledo and build from here.”
As McMullin continues to grow and promote his clothing line, he is also committed to helping Toledo.
“I’m not just going to use this outlet to promote John Dough Brand, I’m going to use it to promote Toledo. We have amazing people here, amazing artists, and I’m going to make sure to use this platform to show the world,” he said.
John Dough Brand is expected to make its debut on Karmaloop toward the end of February. Fans of fashion can find John Dough wear at Villa stores, L.A. Collections and other local retailers.
This is the question faced by Shep, a bartender in “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille,” performed by the Fremont Community Theatre.
Remaining show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at Fremont Community Theatre (FCT), 1551 Dickinson St.
The play, written by Bruce Graham and directed by Linda Bower, is the story of Shep, “a bartender who wandered into town off the exit ramp and never left,” according to a news release. Shep is portrayed by Jason Kramer of Toledo.
“It appears the world is ending and ‘everybody’s going crazy,’ according to Shep’s mechanic friend, Roy (Jeff Buchanan of Gibsonburg). Meanwhile, Willy (Tim Bolton of Fremont), a bar regular with his own stool, shoots his wife and comes looking for Tony, the former bar owner. Barmaid Shirley, played by Lauren Meyer of Sandusky, is stealing cars and breaking into jewelry stores. She also has a list of things she wants to do before she dies and Shep is on it!
“Bullard (Scott Havice of Fremont) is a traveling salesman who comes looking for a bomb shelter he sold years ago. The bar’s neon sign falls on the local gym teacher’s car on her way out of town and she (Hilary Frater of Fremont) comes armed with a lug wrench looking for help.
“Just when things couldn’t get much crazier, in comes Joe, portrayed by Michael PJ Foos of Gibsonburg, who offers Shep and Virginia a way out of all this. Is he with the government or is he … God?”
Kramer, Frater and Bolton recently won high honors in acting from the Ohio Community Theatre Association for their parts in FCT’s “Leaving Iowa,” and Meyer recently returned to Ohio from five years of working and performing in New York City.
For tickets, call (419) 332-0695. For more information, visit www.fremontcommunitytheatre.org.
Fans of antique and vintage snowmobiles might want to head to Oregon on Feb. 2.
A free show, sponsored by the Indiana Vintage Snowmobile Association, is set for noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at Luckie’s Barn & Grill, 3310 Navarre Ave., in Oregon.
Three prizes will be awarded: People’s Choice, Best in Show and Most Unusual. Those with sleds to display should be there to set up between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
Other show sponsors include Luckie’s Barn & Grill and Alan Miller Jewelers.
For more information, visit indianavintagesnowmobiles.org.
The 2012 election had it share of controversy, when several states around the country proposed voter ID laws in attempts to counter fraud that seems to threaten every national election. They were concerned yet again over boxes of ballots that sometimes mysteriously disappear and reappear in hard-fought districts, or that tallies in others often seem to exceed the number of registered voters in a given district. Even with regular evidence however, no one has been able to show the existence of an organized conspiracy, nor prove significant impact of such efforts on more than a local level (though there’s some pretty convincing anecdotal evidence from the 1968 national election where Chicago was concerned). Recent attempts to institute such laws by Republicans were met with heated opposition by Democrats, charging that such rules constituted voter restriction and a subversion of democracy. These laws were challenged in the courts, and in most cases set aside for 2012 for based on the cost of such ID’s or time restrictions in obtaining them.
When George W Bush was granted the victory over Al Gore in the 2000 election by a ruling of the Supreme Court, it was Democrats challenging, calling the whole thing a subversion of the Democratic process. The cried out in the name of fairness for recounts; or that the Electoral College be abandoned in favor of awarding the election solely based on the popular vote. Some had evidently forgotten that there was reasoning behind the College’s creation, allowing smaller states to stand in some part on an equal footing with large and more populated ones. Others merely saw an opportunity to ignore the Constitution as an outdated document that needed modern interpretation (conveniently at the times and in ways that favored their party’s candidates).
Something similar happens every time that a state legislature is called on to reorganize congressional districts based on population shifts, added to the list of additional court-mandated conditions determined over years of judicial battles. Regardless of the party in control of that state’s legislature, the results will invariably attempt to gerrymander districts to their party’s advantage; with their political opposition finding serious fault in their plan, and a final ‘redistricting’ design finally approved by that state’s Supreme Court.
Now it’s Republicans who met last week in Charlotte, NC to discuss, not abandoning the Electoral College, but modifying the ways that it might vote. The question was whether it should by congressional district (like Nebraska and Maine do), or remain winner-take-all contests like the rest of the states do. Some perhaps saw such change more as an alternative to efforts to broaden Republican appeal. Others however, saw it instead as recognition of such appeal long unnoticed or stifled by rules applying to the College. Such could not only be touted as more ‘democratic’, but might well have had real impact, as offered in an effort in the Wall Street Journal by Neil King Jr. President Obama may well have been returned to the White House in 2012 with 332 Electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206 (270 are required for victory). If the process were modified under one plan considered to grant each candidate a vote for each congressional district they won and two votes for the state’s popular vote winner, Romney wins instead by 273 to 262. Under another plan being looked at, a candidate would be granted one vote for each district won and two votes for the one winning the most state districts. Here, Romney wins by 285-250.
Now before anyone runs off into the woods with the accusation that this is a Republican trick, remember that the last time similar changes were introduced was in the 90′s; when Democrats felt themselves to be in an Electoral College disadvantage and sought relief. Just as for Maine and Nebraska though, the process of College voting choice is a state one. With an increasing number of states run by Republican governors, and with Republican control of many state legislatures; such an effort could well gain traction. Recognizing that perhaps the tables could on them some day, not all Republicans are in favor of such changes. Virginia however, already has something that it’s looking at; and Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are all have bills for change under consideration as well.
It’s less than two years until the next mid-term election, and while no one likes to talk about it; those with presidential aspirations for 2016 are already beginning to position themselves. It appears however, that in the interim however, State legislatures will have other choices to make as well. While returning to the issue of voter ID requirements, they may also be asked how the Electoral College votes will be counted. In what may become one of this nations most important electoral decisions in many years, States may in fact be forced into obtaining a College Education.
After playing two games in the American Hockey League, forward Adam Hobson said it felt like he never left Toledo.
“We got a really solid group in there and I came back and it was like I never left,” Hobson said. “Everyone’s just right at home and that’s credit to the coaches and to the team in there and the leaders in there.”
Hobson made his return known in the first period, scoring 9:37 into the game to give the Toledo Walleye (23-17-4) an early lead they never let go of against the Evansville IceMen (16-25-4) on Jan. 27.
The return of Hobson as well as Jordan Pearce made the difference in the 4-1 victory as Hobson’s first period goal was the only one scored until late in the third period.
Pearce, who was in Grand Rapids for six days, was just 40 seconds away from recording his third shutout of the season. He finished the night with 30 saves.
“I’ve been here for a while and I got to go up to Grand Rapids with the injury up in Detroit and I think it helped out a lot, practicing at that level, seeing the pucks come at us a little fast and be able to step in and play. It was nice to play at this level,” Pearce said.
In addition to Pearce’s defensive effort, the Walleye penalty kill stopped all four of the IceMen’s power plays. Toledo has now killed 14 consecutive penalties.
The penalty killing unit stepped up and killed a crucial penalty when forward Doug Clarkson was called for tripping with 11:46 left in the third period. Evansville, only down a goal at the time, put pressure on the defense and fired three shots on Pearce during the power play.
“The penalty kill, especially with those penalties late, did a tremendous job of cleaning it up,” said Walleye head coach Nick Vitucci. “Your best penalty killer has to be your goaltender and Jordan certainly was doing that.”
Vitucci said while the addition of Hobson and Pearce strengthened his roster, he had to change up his lines after a night he said was “as strong of a performance this team has had throughout the entire roster all season.”
“I just looked at it last night where the [Joey] Martin, [Andrej] Nestrasil, [Trevor] Parkes line was so good we didn’t want to touch that,” he said. “Willie [Coetzee], [Kyle Rogers] and Nino [Musitelli] didn’t contribute offensively last night and we’re thinking, we got Hobson, we’ll put him in the middle and move Rogers down with the grinders. It worked out well.”
Hobson scored the game’s first goal with 10:23 left in the opening period after taking a puck poked away by Evansville goalie Paul Karpowich and smacked the puck to the twine. Defenseman Joey Ryan and Musitelli helped set up the goal.
“The puck just bounced right to me and I took a little baseball swing and went in,” Hobson said.
Coetzee scored his 17th goal of the season when he fired a wrist shot over goalie Paul Karpowich’s glove to make the score 2-0 with 4:39 left in regulation. Musitelli also assisted the play.
“I think that one got a little bit of their D-man’s stick and changed direction just enough to get by him,” Vitucci said.
Coetzee added an empty netter with a minute left in the game to make it 3-0. Nestrasil and Cody Lampl picked up assists on the goal.
Evansville scored 20 seconds later when Kevin Baker got his shot past Pearce with assists coming from Jim McKenzie and Josh Beaulieu.
The Walleye lit the lamp one last time with 15 seconds left in the game to make the final score 4-1. Stephon Thorne picked up a rebound and beat Karpowich with the second-chance shot. Captain Kyle Rogers assisted the goal.
The win caps off a four-point weekend for the Walleye, who dropped their first game against the Kalamazoo Wings 3-1 on Jan. 25.
Toledo bounced back the next night against the Bakersfield Condors, scoring five unanswered goals to win 5-1.
The two wins this weekend came against two teams who are both in the cellars of their respective ECHL conferences. At 30 points, Bakersfield is the last place team in the Western Conference and Evansville is the bottom-dweller in the Eastern Conference with 36 points.
“Our league is one that there are no guarantee nights by any means,” Vitucci said. “We focus and prepare for this game like we were playing Cincinnati or Reading or one of the top teams as well.”
The Walleye travel to Cincinnati on Jan. 31 to face off with their division rival, who have a seven-point advantage over the Walleye in the standings, before heading home on Feb. 1 to host the Elmira Jackals.
The puck is scheduled to drop in Cincinnati at 7:35 p.m.
Toledo Walleye netminder Kent Simpson said “not much” was going through his mind after giving up an early goal.
“It’s a game of mistakes and I made one and it went in,” said the rookie goaltender. “I knew I couldn’t let another one in and I just kind of went from there. It’s something you can’t draw on, it’s something that happens, unfortunately, I just tried to move on.”
Following the early goal – scored on the game’s first shot – the rest was all Toledo as the Walleye beat the Bakersfield Condors 5-1 on Jan. 26.
The first shot was the only one to beat Simpson as he stopped the next 29 pucks fired at him.
Walleye head coach Nick Vitucci said similar to how Kalamazoo Wings goaltender Joel Martin played in Toledo last night, Simpson was able to stay focused after allowing the first goal.
“It was great to see that kid settle down right after that and come up with some big saves for us,” Vitucci said.
Leading the way for the Walleye was newcomer Trevor Parkes, who had a goal and two assists. Parkes scored the Walleye’s only goal in last night’s 3-1 loss against the Kalamazoo Wings.
The Parkes-Joey Martin-Andrej Nestrasil line amounted for nine total points tonight. Martin had two goals and an assist and Nestrasil had three assists.
“I’m playing with two pretty skilled players over there. They make stuff happen on the ice all the time,” Martin said. “We kind of have a combination of everything. Nestrasil is a really good playmaker, Parkes has a great shot and I just try to dish them the puck in the middle and we just make offense happen.”
Parkes’ second period goal was on the power play, only Toledo’s second in its last 33 attempts since Dec. 29.
Toledo’s penalty kill was spotless for the second-straight night, killing all three of Bakersfield’s power plays.
The Condors started the final period with 1:31 left on a power play. As the extra-man advantage was closing, Nicholas Tremblay fired a pass from the slot and Simpson used his body to make the save and freeze the puck. Following the faceoff, Toledo was able to clear the puck and allow the penalty to expire.
Bakersfield scored on the first shot of the game when forward Peter Boyd fired a backhanded shot through Kent Simpson’s five-hole and the puck trickled past the goal line just 52 seconds in.
The Walleye evened the game at one apiece when Doug Clarkson took the rebound from a Pat Knowlton shot and buried it past Brian Stewart with 14:42 left in the first.
Since joining the team while Toledo was in Florida, Knowlton has picked up four assists in seven games.
“He showed us enough in three games that we bought a plane ticket and brought him back to Toledo,” Vitucci said. “He’s a nice, nice hockey player and a great example of the door was open a very little bit and he kicked it off its hinges.”
Defenseman Cody Lampl scored the go-ahead goal for Toledo with 1:28 left in the opening period. He brought the puck in from the neutral zone, then ran a quick give-and-go play with forward Andrej Nestrasil to shoot the puck right in front of the net.
The Walleye added to their lead on a power play goal by Trevor Parkes with 8:06 left in the second period. Parkes dove just in front of the crease and slapped the rebound in. Martin and Nestrasil assisted on the play.
“It was just going to the hard places, that’s what you’ve got to do is score goals in this league and anywhere,” Parkes said. “To get to the next level, you’ve got to go to the dirty places, dirty areas of the ice.”
The third period scoring was all done by Martin within a span of 41 seconds.
His first goal came off a rebound by Parkes, who was charging the net, with 9:29 left in regulation. Martin was able to pick up the puck and aiming at a wide-open net.
Goal number two came on an offensive push and Parkes sent a pass from the right wing to Martin, who redirected the puck to the twine. Nestrasil also assisted the play.
Bakersfield tried to make offensive pushes despite being down in the third.
After Lampl was sent to the sin bin for interference with 2:31 left in the game, Bakersfield turned up the pressure on Simpson, but he was able to stop everything thrown at him.
The win snaps a five-game home losing streak for the Walleye and they now have won three in their last four games.
They wrap up their three-game series by hosting the Evansville IceMen. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5 p.m. at the Huntington Center.