Walleye Monday: Split Decision

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s five uncomfortable hockey players! / Photo via Walleye Facebook

The Walleye had a busy week, what with four games on the schedule, three of them at home. But really, what is most important are the glorious jerseys above that the team wore on Saturday night. Oh to have been there in person – one would have made a great counterpart to my Express beer jersey. Sigh.

Fort Wayne Komets 4, Toledo Walleye 2

Nothing good ever comes out of the School Appreciation Game. A hockey game at 10:30am with an arena full of screaming children? No thanks.

Through two periods, the Komets and Walleye were knotted at one, with the Walleye holding a 20-13 edge in shots. Toledo briefly held a 2-1 lead early in the third, as Bryon Froese scored his third of the year 7:06 into the period. The joy didn’t last long, as the Komets scored two goals on Kent Simpson and added an empty-net tally with 1:02 left.  Luke Glendening scored the earlier goal for the Toledo. I’m sure there were a lot of emo grammar school children after this one. Or perhaps not, maybe their chaperones stuffed them with cotton candy.

Toledo Walleye 5, Wheeling Nailers 2

Though the game ended with both teams being even with 25 SOGs apiece, it would be the Walleye finally on the right side of a rout, snapping a four-game winless streak.

The Walleye held a 3-2 lead after two periods, with Toledo goals by Cody Lampl, Randy Rowe and Wes O’Neill. O’Neill continued the fun early in the third, scoring his second power play goal on the night just 52 seconds in. I had no idea the Walleye could score with a man-advantage. Glendening scored an empty-netter to put the game away with 53 seconds left, giving goaltender Jordan Pearce his first win of the year for the Walleye.

Toledo Walleye 5, Wheeling Nailers 3

Can the Walleye play the Nailers like every game? Their record would benefit greatly.

Because these two videos can describe this game better than I ever could.

South Carolina Stingrays 2, Toledo Walleye 1

45 shots on goal and still a loss? Damn you midget Shawn Hunwick!

Blackhawks Prospects Update: Byron Froese is third on the team with 9 points (3G, 6A)….Both Terry Broadhurst and Ben Youds have 6 points thus far…Kent Simpson is 2-4-0-1 on the season with a 2.55 GAA and a .899 SV%

The Week Ahead: The Walleye play at the Fort Wayne Komets on Friday, November 16th, and then return home on Saturday, November 17th to take on the Wheeling Nailers (yay!). One can also “Say hey to longtime Red Wings right wing Joey Kocur” at Saturday night’s game. If he doesn’t punch you in the face first.

Current Standings: North Division – 1) Cincinnati Cyclones, 16 points (10 GP), 2) Fort Wayne Komets, 15 points (11 GP), 3) Kalamazoo Wings, 14 points (12 GP), 4) Toldeo Walleye, 13 points (13 GP), 5) Evansville IceMen, 7 points (13 GP). At least we’re not the IceMen.

Stats-O-Rama: Willie Coetzee leads the team with 11 points…Luke Glendening has six goals on the season…Coetzee, Byron Froese and Travis Novak all have six assists…Coetzee is second in the ECHL with 56 SOG…Max Campbell is tied for 5th in the league with a +8…Andrej Nestrasil is tied for first in the ECHL with 3 GWGs…the Walleye are still a tepid 12.8% on the power play and have a 83.3% penalty kill rate…Toledo is the least penalized team in the ECHL, averaging just 10.8 PIMs a game. Perhaps the Rockford IceHogs could learn a few things from them.

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