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Furious rally gives Walleye 5-4 win in Alaska

12/11/2016, 10:06pm EST
By By MARK MONROE BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Rankin, Berschbach set Toledo career scoring records


Evan Rankin of the Toledo Walleye, shown in a game against Kalamazoo this season, became the all-time scoring leader for the franchise Sunday in a win over Alaska. BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Walleye rallied with four unanswered goals and two forwards made history tonight as Toledo earned a 5-4 win over the Alaska Aces.

Two career scoring records fell in the comeback victory. Evan Rankin became the organization's all-time scoring leader when he scored a goal in the second period. It was Rankin's 178th career point. Forward Shane Berschbach then became the franchise's all-time leader in assists with his 109th in the second period.

Both Rankin and Berschbach broke the records held by Walleye Hall of Fame member Kyle Rogers.

The points enabled Toledo to mount a rally after the Walleye had fallen behind 4-1 just 4:53 into the second period.

Toledo rattled off four unanswered goals to improve to 2-1-0 on the road trip.

Defenseman Scott Czarnowczan capped the comeback when he scored the game winner with 1:57 left in regulation.

Rankin made it 4-2 at the midpoint of the game. Defenseman Jacob MacDonald then scored late in the second period on assists from Czarnowczan and Berschbach.

Carter Sandlak scored an unassisted goal at 5:30 of the third to tie it at 4.

Tylor Spink gave the Walleye an early 1-0 lead with a shorthanded, unassisted goal at 14:41 of the first period. But Alaska (13-5-4) posted four straight goals.

Walleye goalie Jake Paterson, who also won on Friday, finished with 18 saves. Paterson made a fantastic save at the horn to seal it. Paterson now has won seven games in a row.

MacDonald and Czarnowczan each had a goal and an assist.

Toledo outshot Alaska 12-3 in the third period and 34-22 overall.

Toledo (18-4-0) saw its franchise best nine-game winning streak snapped on Saturday.

It was the rubber match as the teams played a third game in as many days. The Walleye took the opener 4-3 on Friday and the Aces won 8-6 on Saturday.

Toledo continues its trip out West with three games in Utah. The Walleye travel to West Valley City, Utah — a suburb of Salt Lake City — for three games against the Grizzlies. The teams meet next Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 p.m. Toledo time.

Contact Mark Monroe at: mmonroe@theblade.com, 419-724-6354 or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.

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