Tyler Zalecki lifted Toledo to a 5-1 victory with a hat trick against Pittsburgh.
Zalecki\’s first goal came 1:11 into the first period. He then added goals at 3:24 into the second and at 15:42 into the second.
Toledo was led by goalie Jeremy Hamerquist, who finished with 31 saves while allowing one goal. Hamerquist certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.03 entering the contest.
Toledo\’s penalty kill excelled, as Toledo gave up one goal despite allowing seven power plays.
Toledo forced Pittsburgh goalie Jacob Stack to work between the pipes, taking 39 shots.
Toledo additionally got points from Ricky Kwapich, who also registered one goal and one assist. Isaiah Crawford also scored for Toledo. In addition, Toledo received assists from Blake Mullins and Ben Hamilton, who each chipped in one and Austin Turner, Nikolas Verbosky, and Tristin Snyder, who contributed two each.
Pittsburgh put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Toledo to score on any of its three power plays. Pittsburgh\’s offense rang up 32 shots on Toledo\’s net.
Pittsburgh was led by Nicholas Lyon, who scored the team\’s only goal. Lyon scored on the power play 14:35 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Toledo. A slashing penalty on David Bogart had put Pittsburgh on the power play. Adam Schaffer picked up the assist.
Toledo incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Stack rejected 34 shots on goal for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.