Sunday was anything but a fun day for the Wheeling Nailers, who finished their home-and-home series with the Toledo Walleye at Huntington Center. Seven different players found the net for Toledo, as the Walleye swept Wheeling with a 7-0 final.
The Walleye opened the scoring at the 4:49 mark of the first period, off of excellent work in the offensive zone by Trevor Parkes, who was playing in his return game from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Parkes cruised from circle-to-circle, getting a shot off that was stopped by Mike Condon. However, the rebound was sent to the blueline, where it was scored on by Richard Nedomlel. Midway through the frame, Toledo extended the lead, thanks to a power play goal. Travis Novak’s shot from top of the left circle got blocked by the Wheeling defense. Unfortunately, the puck deflected to David Gilbert, who lifted his shot into the top of the goal from the right side of the crease.
Early in the second period, the Walleye found the back of the net again, as former Nailer Aaron Clarke tallied for the second time in as many nights. Nedomlel took a shot from the left point, which was tipped in by Clarke. 4:41 later, Toledo took advantage of a Wheeling turnover, as Gilbert hooked up with Parkes on the left side of the crease. Condon made a brilliant stop on Parkes’ one-timer, but the forward was able to finish off the rebound. Louis-Marc Aubry completed the second period scoring, when he redirected Alden Hirschfeld’s shot from the top of the left circle for a 5-0 lead.
The home team didn’t stop in the third period, scoring twice more. Kyle Rogers banged in a rebound for a power play goal at the 1:06 mark, before Travis Novak stole the puck and scored on the rebound of his initial shot, which came off of a breakaway. The final score was 7-0 Toledo.
Hannu Toivonen got the win for the Walleye, as he was perfect on 33 shots for the shutout. Mike Condon took the loss, making 23 saves on 28 shots, before giving way to Brooks Ostergard, who stopped 11 of 13 shots in relief.
The Nailers will continue their six-game road trip on Friday night in Greenville at 7:00. Wheeling’s next home game takes place on January 26th against Cincinnati at 3:00.