Walleye jump the hook in OT win over Kalamazoo


TOLEDO, Ohio- After a  Max Nicastro (1st) tied the game with one-tenth of a second remaining, the Toledo Walleye kept momentum on their side, as Wes O’Neill (5th) grabbed the winner 3:06 into overtime to escape with a 3-2 victory Friday night at the Huntington Center against the Kalamazoo Wings.
Setting the tone for the K-Wings, Nick Sirota snuck into the high slot 7:15 into the contest and beat Jordan Pearce for the forward’s fourth goal of the season.
Kory Karlander (5th) helped the K-Wings take advantage of their lone power-play of the period, cashing in on a rebound midway in the stanza with a back hander to extend his point streak to five games.
Crashing the net in the third period, Toledo’s Luke Glendening continued his scoring assault on the ECHL netting his team-best 11th of the season early in the period to cut the K-Wings lead to a single goal.
Making his Walleye debut, Nicastro tied the game by using a screen to beat Joel Martin, who finished the game with a K-Wings season-high 41 saves.
O’Neill capped off the come-from-behind heroics with a slap shot from between the circles that was setup by a drop pass from Joey Martin.
Kalamazoo will continue their three-game road swing tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st with a 7:15 p.m. (CDT) encounter against Evansville IceMen.
The K-Wings will return home to Wings Stadium on Saturday, December 8th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Walleye during WZUU Biggest Walleye Fish Fry in Michigan Night.
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