I begin this post with extremely important news.
If you live in the Toledo area, you must go to the game at the Huntington Center on Saturday, November 10th. IT IS SUPERHERO NIGHT. The Walleye will be wearing the above jersey during the game, and then auctioning them off, with the proceeds going to Heroes in Action and the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, visit the Walleye website. Oh, and if you happen to attend and want to share some photos for the site, do drop me a line.
Oh yeah, onto to the game recaps. The Walleye spent the weekend visiting two teams from the Atlantic Division. Hockey ensued.
Trenton Titans 4, Toledo Walleye 1
The Walleye looked to pick up their first road win of the season in Trenton on Friday night. The first period was evenly matched, with Trenton having a slight edge in shots, 12-11. The Titans were the only team to pot a goal though, when a Luke Pither wrist shot beat Walleye goalie Kent Simpson 9:47 into the game. Trenton also had the edge in power plays in the first with two to the Walleye’s one.
Toledo evened the score at one 3:47 into the second when Randy Rowe scored his first of the year off a rebound from Titans goalie Scott Wedgewood. That is how the second period would end, in a rather boring twenty minutes featuring just 8 SOGs for each team and zero penalties called.
Two goals off defections early in the third by the Titans would ultimately do the Walleye in. Chris McKelvie scored a mere 20 seconds into the period, followed by another goal by defenseman Ryan Grimshaw at the 8:13 mark. Jason Akeson scored the Titans fourth goal with 6:31 left to seal the victory for Trenton. Simpson made 22 saves in a losing effort.
Toledo Walleye 5, Trenton Titans 1
Toledo came out looking for a bit of redemption on Saturday in Trenton in a rematch of the previous night’s contest. Petr Mrazek got the call in net for the Walleye while Scott Wedgewood started for the second night in a row for the Titans. Unlike 24 hours earlier, this game was all Walleye. Mmm, fish.
While shorthanded, Willie Coetzee was hooked on a breakaway, resulting in a penalty shot. Coeztee would beat Wedgewood at 5:40 of the first to give the Walleye a 1-0 lead. The Walleye edged Trenton in shots 14-12 in the first, as they finished the first 20 minutes up by a lone goal.
At 10:39 of the second the Lochness Monster was spotted. Actually no, check that, the Walleye just managed to score on the power play. It’s a rare occurrence, I was confused. Defenseman Joey Ryan scored his first of the year to give Toledo a 2-goal advantage after 40 minutes.
Luke Glendening scored his first professional goal at 7:47 of third, followed by Max Campbell’s third of the year just 23 seconds later to make the score 4-0, Toledo. Of course someone must have said the “S-word,” because Trenton’s Ray DiLauro broke Mrazek’s seal at 11:33, with the Titans on their second 5-on-3 of the game. No matter, Andrej Nestrasil potted an empty netter with 6 seconds remaining to give the Walleye their first road win of the young season. Toledo outshot Trenton 36-34.
Toledo Walleye 4, Reading Royals 2
The Walleye made their first trip to the Sovereign Center this season to bookend a 3-games in 3-nights stretch. Blackhawks prospect Kent Simpson would get another shot in net, while Washington Capitals prospect Philipp Grubauer was between the pipes for Reading.
Winger Luke Glendening would get his second goal in as many nights to give Toledo a 1-0 lead 4:22 into the game. That would be the only goal in the period, with both teams getting 10 SOGs apiece.
Reading would come back quickly in the second, scoring two goals on Simpson within the first 8 minutes of the middle period. Yannick Tifu (FORMER EXPRESS ALERT) scored his second goal of the season at 3:35 and Brett Flemming followed with a goal at 7:16 to give the Royals at 2-1 lead. Wes O’Neill would quickly make the game even at 2, scoring on the power play at 12:48. Reading only managed 5 shots in the second period, compared to the Walleye’s 9.
Andrej Nestrasil would give the lead back to the Walleye at 3:03 of the third, tipping a Max Campbell shot pass Grubauer. Despite two Reading power plays, the Walleye would ice the game at 19:38, with Nestrasil scoring his second empty net goal in two nights. Simpson made 25 saves for the victory.
Blackhawks Prospects Update: In his 3 games since being sent down to Toledo from Rockford, defenseman Ben Youds has 3 assists and is a +4…Terry Broadhurst has 4 points (1G, 3A)…Byron Froese has 1G & and 3A and is a +6…Kent Simpson is 2-1 on the season with a 2.62 GAA and a .897 SV%
The Week Ahead: The Walleye will visit the Wheeling Nailers on Thursday, November 1st to conclude their 5-game road trip. For the first time the Fort Wayne Komets will visit Toledo on Friday, November 2nd, and likewise, the Evansville Icemen will play the Walleye for the first time on Saturday, November 3rd.
Current Standings: North Division – 1) Kalamazoo Wings, 10 points (6 GP), 2) Cincinnati Cyclones, 8 points (5 GP), 3) Toledo Walleye, 8 points (6 GP), 4) Fort Wayne Komets, 7 points (6 GP),5) Evansville IceMen, 1 point (7 GP). Oh Evansville, LOL.
Stats-O-Rama: Andrej Nestrasil leads the team with 7 points and 4 goals…Six players on the Walleye have 3 assists…Nestrasil is also tied for first in the ECHL with 2 GWGs…Max Campbell and Byron Froese sport a +6…Petr Mrazek is 14th in the ECHL with a 2.02 GAA and is 5th in the league with a .944 SV%…Willie Coetzee is third in the ECHL with 33 SOG…the Walleye is 22nd (of 23 teams) on the power play, at a paltry 8.7% but 5th in penalty killing (89.7%)…Toledo is averaging 14.7 PIM per game, fourth least in the ECHL.
Recent Transactions: Jake Trask was released from his Standard Players Contract…Goaltender Petr Mrazek was recalled to the Grand Rapid Griffins (AHL) on Monday while Griffins’ goalie Jordan Pearce was sent down to Toledo.