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Forward pair make history as Walleye earn win

12/12/2016, 12:37am EST
By By MARK MONROE BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Toledo improves to 18-4 after rallying to clip Alaska

Forward pair make history as Walleye earn win

Toledo Walleye forward Shane Berschbach, shown against Greenville this season, became the franchise's all-time leader in assists during Sunday's 5-4 win over Alaska. BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH

ANCHORAGE — The Toledo Walleye rallied with four unanswered goals and two forwards made history Sunday night as Toledo earned a 5-4 win against 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.

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. The Walleye are 10-3-0 on the road and now leads the Western Conference and has the most points in the ECHL with 36.

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

Rankin made it 4-2 midway through the game. Defenseman Jacob MacDonald then scored late in the second 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 an unassisted shorthanded goal at 14:41 of the first. But Alaska (13-5-4) posted four straight goals.

Walleye goalie Jake Paterson (10-3-0), who also won 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 and 34-22 overall. The Walleye held the Aces to 11 shots during the final two periods.

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