Nailers defeat Toledo

TOLEDO – The Wheeling Nailers defeated host Toledo, 3-2, Sunday at the Huntington Center.

Nailers goalie Scott Darling made 42 saves for the victory, while Chris Barton, Zack Torquato and Matt Germain lit the lamp.

The Walleye got off to a strong start, putting a pair of goals on the board, while also registering 21 shots on net. The first marker came at the 5:45 mark, a little more than one minute after Toledo had successfully killed off a penalty as Trevor Parkes found Randy Rowe for the goal.

Later in the frame, the Walleye netted a power play goal as Travis Novak slipped a pass into the slot for Kyle Rogers, who picked the top corner of the cage.

Midway through the second period, the Nailers pulled within a goal, while also making history, becoming the third team in ECHL history to score 5,000 goals. The tally came on the man advantage, when Torquato directed a shot on goal that was stopped by Kent Simpson, but the rebound was pounded home by Barton. Keven Veilleux also assisted on Barton’s 19th goal of the season, which tied him with Paul Crowder for the team lead.

In the third period, Wheeling turned the tables on the Walleye, beginning with the tying goal at the 8:33 mark. Crowder won an offensive zone face-off to Zach Hansen.

The blueliner dished the puck to Torquato, who drilled a one-timer into the left side of the net.

The power play goal set the stage for the Nailers to take the lead just 33 seconds later.

Cam Fergus put a shot on goal that was turned away by Simpson, but the rebound went to Germain, who backhanded the loose puck past the fallen netminder.

The Nailers return home for a 7 p.m. game Wednesday to take on Kalamazoo.