The Walleye played only two games last week, riding high on a five-game winning streak. I approve of this because I am under the weather and don’t feel like writing much.
Toledo Walleye 2, Greenville Road Warriors 1
The Walleye started their four-game road trip this past Thursday at the BI-LO Center. No really, that’s the name of the arena. Kent Simpson opposed Scott Stajcer in net for Greenville.
The Road Warriors got on the board first when Marc-Olivier Vallerand backhanded a shot past Simpson just 4:53 into the game. Andrej Nestrasil tied the game for Toledo at 11:18, for his 11th goal of the season. Simpson bailed the Walleye out through the first twenty minutes, as the Road Warriors outshot Toledo 15-8.
The second period was scoreless for both teams, with the Walleye holding an edge in shots, 14-10. The tie was broken 50 seconds into the third when Travis Novak scored his seventh for Toledo, giving the Walleye their first lead of the game. That was all Simpson needed, making 33 saves in the Walleye’s sixth victory in a row.
South Carolina Stingrays 3, Toledo Walleye 0
All good things must come to an end right? Bah.
Kent Simpson was in net again for Toledo, with Jeff Jakaitis in goal for the Stingrays. Despite the fact the Walleye outshot the Stingrays 30-23 for the game, all of the goal scoring went to South Carolina.
The Stingrays scored a goal in each of the three periods. Matt Beca scored on the power play at 17:51 of the first, Hunter Bishop potted his 21st goal of the season at 1:11 of the second and Phil Mangan topped it off for South Carolina at 7:21 of the third. About the most exciting thing to happen for Toledo was Phil Oreskovic getting into a fight with 10 seconds left in the game. This was the first time this season Toledo has been shutout. Yayyy.
Blackhawks Prospects Update: Kent Simpson sports a 13-10-0-3 record for the Walleye with .904 SV% and a 2.47 GAA. Simpson was named ECHL Goaltender for the week of January 28 – February 3. He went 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.67 goals-against average and a .975 SV%…Byron Froese has 19 points (5G, 14A).
The Week Ahead: The Walleye have a busy week ahead of them. The team plays two more games on the road – Wednesday, February 13th at the Evansville IceMen and Friday, February 15th at the Kalamazoo Wings. The Walleye return home to the Huntington Center on Saturday, February 16th to matchup again with the Wings and finish the week at home on Sunday, February 17th vs. the Fort Wayne Komets.
Current Standings: North Division – 1) Cincinnati Cyclones, 62 points (50 GP), 2) Toledo Walleye, 58 points (49 GP), 3) Fort Wayne Komets, 54 points (50 GP), 4) Kalamazoo Wings, 51 points (49 GP), 5) Evansville IceMen, 39 points (51 GP). With seven 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 41 total points…Willie Coetzee has 18 goals…Nestrasil sports a +17…..Kent Simpson leads the Walleye with a 13-10-0-3 record, and a 2.47 GAA…Phil Oreskovic leads Toledo with 99 PIMs…Coetzee is third in the league with 184 SOGs…the Walleye’s power play is 14.4% (21st – third worst) and have a 84.5% penalty kill rate (4th)…Toledo is 19th out of 23 teams, averaging 14.5 PIM per game…The Walleye are 4th in the league in attendance, averaging 6,003 fans per game.
Oh and in case you missed it, this is why I love the ECHL: