(Toledo, OH) 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.