Four game winning streak. Three game losing streak. Three game winning streak. Whatever Walleye, just know I prefer streaking on the winning end, please and thank you.
Toledo Walleye 5, Wheeling Nailers 2
Again, why can’t the Walleye play the Nailers at least twice a week?
Kent Simpson got the call in net for Toledo, opposing Wheeling netminder Scott Darling. It would be the Nailers to get on the board first on Wednesday night, a power play goal by Luke Pither 8:12 into the game. Wes O’Neill would knot the game at one just 1:57 later, smoking a wrist shot past Darling. The Nailers held a 11-9 shot advantage after 20 minutes.
Max Campbell would give the Walleye their first lead of the evening at 14:20 of the second period with a power play goal. Oddly enough, Wheeling’s Andrew Hotham was in the box serving a minor penalty for a “mouthguard violation.” It’s a good thing Patrick Kane never played in the ECHL. Pither would score his second goal of the game for the Nailers just 48 seconds after the Campbell goal though, to tie the game at two.
The Walleye would send the crowd home happy, pouring the offense on in the last twenty minutes. Even strength goals by Willie Coetzee, Campbell and O’Neill would put the game away for Toledo. The Nailers would actually outshoot the Walleye, 32-26 for the game. Toledo is 4-0-0-1 against the Nailers this season. Y’ALL COME BACK NOW.
Toledo Walleye 4, Evansville IceMen 0
Was this really the first time the Walleye have beaten the faily IceMen this season? Yeesh.
Jordan Pearce faced off against yet another former Chicago Express goaltender in Paul Dainton. The hockey gods are mocking me. The first twenty minutes proved to be busy for both goaltenders, as Toledo edged the IceMen in shots, 18-15. It would be the Walleye who only managed to score, on a Willie Coetzee shot at 14:04 of the period.
The Walleye blasted another 18 shots on goal in the second period, but Dainton was able to stop them all. Evansville only managed 4 shots in the entire middle period.
Toledo would continue to hold on to their slim one-goal lead until the last 2:18 of the third. Goals by Travis Novak at 17:42, an empty-netter by Coetzee at 18:11 and a last second tally by Terry Broadhurst at 19:47 made the game seem much easier than it actually was. Toledo would blast a season-high 46 SOGs for the game, and Pearce picked up his first shutout of the season.
Toledo Walleye 4, Florida Everblades 2
The Walleye would finish the trifecta for the week, by defeating the defending Kelly Cup Champion Everblades at the Huntington Center on Sunday.
Jordan Pearce would get the nod in net for the second night in a row for the Walleye, facing off against Kelly Cup MVP John Muse.
The Walleye outshot the Everblades 13-5 in the first twenty minutes but was only able to sneak one by Muse, a redirect by Joey Martin 7:39 into the game. The second period would bring more scoring, as Mathieu Roy would knot the game at one just 2:57 into the period. Thirteen seconds later, Terry Broadhurst would poke the puck past Muse to regain the lead for Toledo. A.J. Jenks would score at 9:12 of the second, again tying the game for Florida.
It would be the third period again that would prove the Walleye victorious. Max Campbell would break the tie at 7:45 of the period and Willie Coetzee would score his 14th at 12:52 to put the game away for Toledo. The Walleye had a decided advantage in shots for the game, 34-20. Toledo has currently won five straight at home.
Blackhawks Prospects Update: Terry Broadhurst has 21 points (6G, 15A) and is currently tied for fifth amongst all ECHL rookies…Benny Youds has 20 points (3G, 17A)…Philippe Paradis played five games for the Walleye before being called back up to Rockford today – he did not register a point…Kent Simpson is 6-6-0-1 on the season with a 2.84 GAA and a .889 SV%…Brandon Svendsen was assigned to Toledo today from Rockford – he has been nursing an arm injury all season, and this is presumably a rehab assignment…Byron Froese had wrist surgery and will be out for 4-6 weeks – he currently has 17 points on the season
The Week Ahead: The Walleye play back-to-back games on the road vs. the Greenville Road Warriors on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22.
Current Standings: North Division – 1) Toledo Walleye, 33 points (27 GP), 2) Cincinnati Cyclones, 30 points (24 GP), 3) Fort Wayne Komets, 28 points (25 GP), 4) Kalamazoo Wings, 25 points (26 GP), 5) Evansville IceMen, 23 points (29 GP).
Stats-O-Rama: Willie Coetzee leads the team with 26 points…Luke Glendening and Coetzee have 14 goals on the season…Benny Youds and Andrej Nestrasil have 17 assists…Glendening leads the team with a +13…Jordan Pearce leads the Walleye with a 8-3-0-0 record, a 2.40 GAA and .909 SV%…Coetzee is first in the league with 114 SOGs…the Walleye’s power play is 16.0% (16th) and have a 83.3% penalty kill rate (12th)…Toledo again is the least penalized team in the league, averaging 12.4 PIM per game…Both Glendening and Nestrasil got called up to Grand Rapids (AHL) today – uh-oh.