Sorry this is two days late folks – I’d blame being kidnapped by Santa or some such thing, but the truth is the busyness of the holidays didn’t lend me enough time to scratch my rear, much less write anything. And honestly, after this last week’s performance by the Walleye, I wasn’t itching to write about them anyway. Bah humbug.
Greenville Road Warriors 4, Toledo Walleye 3
Kent Simpson faced off against Greenville netminder Jason Missiaen in South Carolina on Friday night. The game started promising for Toledo, with Randy Rowe and Doug Clarkson both scoring for the Walleye in the first 3:51 of the game. Brandon Wong would score for the Warriors with just 3:56 left in the first period, to give the Walleye a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes.
The Road Warriors came out firing in the second period, putting up 18 shots on goal on Simpson compared to the Walleye’s 9. Simpson stood tall though, making all 18 stops and neither team dented the twine going into the last period.
The home team’s fortune changed drastically in the third. Just 1:12 into the period, Brendan Connolly got a puck past Simpson to knot the game at two. At 6:22, Danny Hobbs fired a wrister past Simpson to give Greenville their first lead of the game. Blackhawks prospect Terry Broadhurst tied the game for Toledo on a breakaway at 14:24 of the period. The game was not to be for the Walleye though, as Bretton Cameron scored for Greenville with just 2:47 left to seal a 4-3 victory for the Road Warriors. Toledo led in shots for the game. 36-29.
Greenville Road Warriors 5, Toledo Walleye 2
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The second game in two nights in Greenville started quietly enough, as Jordan Pearce and Jason Missiaen both were perfect in the first twenty minutes of the game, including a stop on a penalty shot by Pearce. Terry Broadhurst would strike first, scoring his eighth of the year seven minutes into the second period. Marc-Olivier Vallerand (who played for a short while in Rockford last season), tied the game a little less than four minutes later for the Warriors, which is where the game stood going into the third period.
The game went south quickly for the Walleye in the third, with Andrew Yogan scoring just 19 seconds into the period to give Greenville a 2-1 lead. Vallerand added a shorthanded goal at 6:14 to give the Road Warriors a two-goal lead. Adam Hobson attempted to mount a comeback for the Walleye, scoring a shorthanded goal of his own at 14:21. But a power play goal by Yogan, and an empty net hat-trick goal for Vallerand sealed the deal for Greenville. The Walleye again outshot the Road Warriors, 37-34 in a losing effort.
Blackhawks Prospects Update: Terry Broadhurst has 23 points (8G, 15A) and is currently tied for fourth amongst all ECHL rookies. He has scored a goal in four straight games…Benny Youds has 21 points (3G, 18A)…Kent Simpson is 6-7-0-1 on the season with a 2.92 GAA and a .886 SV%…Brandon Svendsen has three assists in two games for the Walleye…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 have a busy week ahead of them – they play in Fort Wayne on Thursday, December 27th versus the Komets. The following two games will be played at home, vs the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday, December 28th and vs. the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday, December 29th. The Walleye will close out the year on the road, vs the Komets on Monday, December 31st.
Current Standings: North Division – 1) Cincinnati Cyclones, 36 points (27 GP), 2) Toledo Walleye, 33 points (29 GP), 3) Fort Wayne Komets, 30 points (28 GP), 4) Kalamazoo Wings, 25 points (28 GP), 5) Evansville IceMen, 25 points (31 GP).
Stats-O-Rama: Willie Coetzee leads the team with 26 points…Luke Glendening (currently on an AHL callup) and Coetzee have 14 goals on the season…Benny Youds has 18 assists…Glendening leads the team with a +13…Jordan Pearce leads the Walleye with a 8-4-0-0 record, a 2.53 GAA (8th in the ECHL) and .906 SV%…Coetzee is first in the league with 117 SOGs…the Walleye’s power play is 15.2% (19th) and have a 84.1% penalty kill rate (7th)…Toledo is 21st out of 23 teams, averaging 14.5 PIM per game.
On an exciting note (for me only), Santa brought me both a Walleye jersey and t-shirt for Christmas. Now if the Walleye would like to play in Chicago sometime soon, that would be great.