Toledo, which found itself down a man often, weathered West Michigan\’s power play opportunities and emerged with a 6-3 victory.
Toledo forced West Michigan\’s goalies to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, racking up 39 shots and forcing 33 saves. Samuel Woznicki made 10 stops and Joe Licata made 23. Toledo excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. Toledo bested its season scoring average. Toledo averages 3.7 goals per game.
Toledo was helped by Nick Papandrea, who registered one goal. Papandrea scored on the power play 5:45 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Toledo. Toledo had gained a power play chance when Christian Amend was whistled for high sticking. Ben Hamilton provided the assist. Toledo also got points from Isaiah Crawford, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Austin Turner, who also had one goal and one assist, Josh Somers, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Tristin Snyder, who also registered one goal and one assist. Alec Walny also scored for Toledo. More assists for Toledo came via Tyler Zalecki, who had two and Nikolas Verbosky, Graham Goupille, and Ethan Resetar, who contributed one each.
West Michigan\’s offense rang up 33 shots on Toledo\’s net. West Michigan could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game.
West Michigan was led by Dakota Ulmer, who tallied one goal and one assist. Ulmer scored 3:40 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Toledo. Ryan Price assisted on the tally. West Michigan also had goals scored by Connor Henderson and Justin Bloomfield, who scored one goal each. In addition, West Michigan received assists from Trevor Temple, Brendon Block, Noah Keener, and Devin Farkas, who each chipped in one.
Cody Gibson made 30 saves for Toledo on 33 shots. Toledo incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors.