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Nagle shines as Walleye shut out Brampton

TOLEDO, OhioPat Nagle stopped all 38 shots he faced as the Toledo Walleye returned to the win column with a 2-0 victory over the Brampton Beast on Saturday before a sold-out crowd of 8,000 at the Huntington Center.

Playing in their third home game in as many nights before an ECHL-mandated rest period, the Walleye (27-11-4-3) improved to 4-1-1-1 on their season-long, nine-game home stand. With his first win since Jan. 4 versus Kalamazoo, Nagle collected his second shutout of the campaign as Toledo won for the fourth time in five meetings this season against Brampton (22-19-3-1). Greg Wolfe tallied a goal and a helper while Tyler Spezia added a pair of assists to collect second and third-star honors, respectively. 

The Walleye grabbed a 1-0 lead 13:39 into the opening frame, courtesy of Wolfe’s second goal in two games. Spezia had his effort from the lower part of the right circle turned aside by former Toledo netminder Jake Paterson, but Ryan Obuchowski gathered the rebound at the left goal line and centered a pass to Wolfe in front for a shot into an open cage.

Toledo cashed in on its first power play opportunity to double its advantage in the middle stanza. Justin Kea set up a screen in front of Paterson, and was credited with his 10th goal of the season when he deflected Wolfe’s point shot into the top right corner at the 8:11 mark.

Brampton was handed a third-period power play when A.J. Jenks was whistled for slashing at 13:19, but struggled to create any meaningful chances in the closing stages. Toledo tried in vain to tack on an empty-netter after the Beast pulled Paterson with two minutes remaining, but the result was never in doubt as the hosts kept pace with first-place Cincinnati in the Western Conference race.

The Walleye finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage, while Brampton failed to convert on a trio of opportunities. Paterson blocked 33-of-35 shots in a losing cause.

What’s Next:
The Walleye resume their nine-game home stand on Saturday, Feb. 9 as they host the Indy Fuel. Puck drop from the Huntington Center is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Three Stars:
1. Toledo – Pat Nagle (W, 38 saves)
2. Toledo – Greg Wolfe (goal, assist)
3. Toledo – Tyler Spezia (two assists)

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