Riding a two-game winning streak (woo?), last week the Walleye looked forward to a singular game on the road before returning for some home-cooking on Friday and Saturday night.
Toledo Walleye 2, Cincinnati Cyclones 0
The Walleye headed to Cincinnati on Thursday night to play against the North Division leading Cyclones. Kent Simpson got the call in net for Toledo, facing off against Michael “Don’t Call Me Doogie” Houser.
The first period was more of a defensive struggle, with the Walleye holding a 9-6 lead in shots over the Cyclones. The Walleye scored late in the period on the power play (WUT), when Joey Martin lit the lamp with 36 seconds left. It was about time, as that was the fourth consecutive minor penalty for Cincinnati in the period.
The Walleye outshot Cincinnati in the second, 11-4. 10 shots through two periods? Did anyone bother to check if there was a pulse on the Cyclones bench?
Stephon Thorne scored at 13:18 of the third to give the Walleye all they needed for a rare shutout victory. The Walleye led in SOGs for the game, 26-20.
Toledo Walleye 4, Elmira Jackals 1
Seeing as the Walleye has an Emergency Backup Goaltender in Jimmy Spratt (cool name) currently, it was no surprise Kent Simpson was once again the starter for Toledo. Maxime Clermont was in goal for the Jackals.
The first period was scoreless, with a slight shot advantage of 9-8 for the Walleye. The seal was broken at 7:00 of the second, when Wes O’Neill fired a shot past Clermont for his 11th of the season. Toledo scored two additional goals in quick succession at the end of the period; Joey Martin on the power play (WUT x 2) at 16:38, and Pat Knowlton just 27 seconds later, giving the Walleye a 3-goal lead entering the final period.
Of course, Jackals are evil creatures and Louie Caporusso ruined Simpson’s second consecutive shutout bid with just 1:29 left in the game. Simpson’s shutout streak lasted for 178 minutes and 11 seconds. Joey Martin potted his second of the game on an empty net with 48 seconds left to wrap things up. In a rare occurrence, the Walleye were outshot by Elmira for the game, 30 to 29.
Toledo Walleye 2, Reading Royals 1
The Eastern Conference leading Royals came into Toledo in a game that featured two missed penalty shots (both by the Walleye), a line brawl, a post-game altercation and 134 total penalty minutes. Let’s go to the tape, shall we?
I don’t have any tape of what happened after the final horn sounded, but 66 PIMs were handed out and the magical suspension wand may be waved by the ECHL brass.
Oh yeah, hockey was played too. Randy Rowe and Travis Novak (shorthanded) scored for the Walleye, Andrej Nestrasil and Adam Hobson both failed to pot penalty shots on Royals goalie Drew MacIntyre and some ass on Reading scored with 15 seconds left in the game on the power play to ruin Kent Simpson‘s shutout bid again. CLOWN SHOES.
Five game winning streak? Five game winning streak. YISSSSS.
Blackhawks Prospects Update: Kent Simpson sports a 12-9-0-3 record for the Walleye with .901 SV% and a 2.51 GAA. He recorded his first professional shutout last Thursday and has allowed only three goals in his last four starts. Byron Froese made his first start since November on Thursday and currently has 5 goals and 13 assists…Terry Broadhurst and Ben Youds (both currently in Rockford) have 31 and 27 ECHL points respectively.
The Week Ahead: The Walleye head back to the road, with a game at the Greenville Road Warriors on Thursday, February 7th. The Walleye will also play at the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday, February 9th.
Current Standings: North Division – 1) Cincinnati Cyclones, 58 points (48 GP), 2) Toledo Walleye, 56 points (47 GP), 3) Fort Wayne Komets, 52 points (47 GP), 4) Kalamazoo Wings, 45 points (45 GP), 5) Evansville IceMen, 38 points (48 GP). With eight weeks remaining in the season, the Walleye hold the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Stats-O-Rama: Andrej Nestrasil leads with 30 assists and 40 total points…Willie Coetzee has 18 goals…Cody Lampl and Nestrasil both sport a +18…..Jordan Pearce leads the Walleye with a 12-7-0-1 record, a 2.48 GAA and a .909 SV%…Phil Oreskovic leads the Walleye with 90 PIMs…Coetzee is first in the league with 184 SOGs…the Walleye’s power play is 14.7% (21st – third worst) and have a 84.3% penalty kill rate (5th)…Toledo is 20th out of 23 teams, averaging 14.2 PIM per game…The Walleye are 4th in the league in attendance, averaging 6,003 fans per game.