Walleye drop game 3 against Kalamazoo 6-4

Walleye drop game 3 against Kalamazoo 6-4
(Source: WTOL)

KALAMAZOO, MI (WTOL) - The Toledo Walleye lost a competitive, high-scoring contest Tuesday in game 3 in the first round of the ECHL playoffs.

Toledo struck first in the opening period with a goal by Kyle Bonis.

Late in the period, Kalamazoo's Justin Taylor slapped in a shot to tie the game at one going into the second period.

Bonis helped the Walleye regain the lead only 49 seconds into the period.

However, Kalamazoo struck back on a power play with a goal by Kalamazoo's Peter Schneider.

A goal by Evan Rankin helped Toledo gain the lead a third time mid-way through the period.

Kalamazoo came out firing after the break with two straight goals Schneider and Blake Kessel in barely a minute of play.

Kalamazoo brief took a 4-3 lead before Dane Waters tied the game at 4.

A late goal by Brian Hart gave Kalamazoo a late lead 5-4. Schneider scored his third goal of the evening in an open net situation to seal the 6-4 win.

The Walleye had their first game without defender Simon Denis, who was injured after a violent check by Kalamazoo's Ben Wilson. The ECHL suspended Wilson indefinitely.

Game 4 will be Wednesday in Kalamazoo.

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