The Toledo-Fort Wayne rivalry may not have much fire between the ECHL teams, but the alumni showed some spark on Sunday. The Toledo alumni edged the Komets Legends 8-7 in a shootout on Sunday at the Huntington Center.
There was plenty of offense as the Komets broke out to a 4-1 lead behind goals by local amateur player Scott Collins, John Hilworth, Kelly Perrault and Martin Burgers before Toledo rallied behind a hat trick by Taylor Raszka.
``The pace was kind of fast in the first because I haven't played in a year,'' said Komets forward Kelly Hurd who was the only Fort Wayne player to score in the shootout. ``There's always trash talking and that's the best part of the game.''
It didn't hurt the trash talking that former Fort Wayne and Toledo goaltender Doug Teskey played in net for both teams. He played the first two periods for Fort Wayne and then the third for Toledo. Along with Kelly Perrault and Adam Lewis, Teskey was among the best players on the ice.
``I thought they matched up really well,'' Teskey said. ``It was a great group of guys on both sides. I was kind of torn, but I was glad to be able to put on both jerseys. That was my career, Fort Wayne and Toledo.''
The action picked up in the third period after Teskey charged out to stop a breakaway by the Komets' Lewis.
``Then he came back and scored on me,'' Teskey said. ``I knew that was gong to happen. As soon as he turned around with the puck, I said, `I know how this ends.' ''
Lewis said he got some extra motivation.
``He ran me over,'' Lewis said. ``I was just surprised that he came out. I got both my goals after that after my son told me to pick it up.''
Maybe because many of them hadn't played since last year's legends game against the Detroit Red Wings alumni, there were often five or six players standing in front of the net. Not skating or moving, just standing, which helped screen the goaltenders.
``It was painful,'' defenseman Bobby Phillips said. ``It was my first time skating since last year, but it was fun though, I was more concerned about the players well-being from the nursing aspect. I wanted to make sure nobody got hurt. It was a good time.''
Phillips, who was the youngest player in the game by several years at age 27, is a nursing student.
``I had a bunch of guys ask me if I shave yet,'' he said.