Get your mind outta the gutter folks – that post title does not mean what you think it means.
With the ECHL season rapidly winding down, the Walleye needed to accumulate points last week to keep pace with the other teams looking for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Walleye were somewhat successful in their endeavors.
Greenville Road Warriors 4, Toledo Walleye 1
Eh, this game sucked. Don’t trust me? Watch the “highlights:”
The only thing you really need to know is Benny Youds scored the only Walleye goal in his return to Toledo. The Walleye outshot Greenville, 30-28, but Jordan Pearce was tagged with the loss for Toledo. Bleah.
Toledo Walleye 5, Wheeling Nailers 3
In the first of three games in a row against Wheeling, Toledo started Kent Simpson in net, opposing the Nailers’ Peter Delmas.
The first period was relatively even, with the Walleye outshooting the Nailers 14-10. Toledo struck first on a one-timer from Gleason Fournier at 7:02 of the period. Reid McNeill of the Nailers would tie things up at 14:59, which is where the game would stand after twenty minutes.
Once again in the middle period each team would tally a single goal. Joey Martin scored his first goal since February 1st to again give Toledo the lead. Scott Zurevinski would tie the game at 12:54. After 40 minutes, the Walleye held a 27-24 edge in SOGs.
The Walleye would take control of the game in the final period – Trevor Parkes scored on the power play (Heavens to Betsy!) at 4:46 to again give Toledo the lead. A little more than 5 minutes later Cody “A Small Contigent of Woodland Animals Lives in My Beard” Lampl would score his 6th to give Toledo a two-goal cushion. Wheeling would make things interesting, as Keven Veilleux scored with less than four minutes left to get the Nailers within one. Aaron Bogosian scored on an empty net with 4 seconds left, and that was the ballgame. The Nailers actually outshot Toledo for the game, 38-37.
Toledo Walleye 3, Wheeling Nailers 1
I’m calling this game the Kent Simpson show, just ’cause.
Trevor Parkes started the scoring early for the Walleye, tipping a shot past Scott Darling on the power play just 2:01 into the game. The first period would end with the score 1-0, despite the Nailers leading in shots, 14-13.
Toledo mustered a mere five shots in the second, and it was the Nailers who would pot the only goal of the period. Chris Barton got one past Simpson at 9:28, and the game remained tied at one with twenty minutes remaining.
Willie Coetzee would score his 24th of the year on the power play (two…two PPGs…ah ah ah) at 10:40 to give Toledo a lead they would not relinquish. Joey Martin added his 13th goal 36 seconds after Coetzee to give Toledo a cushion. Simpson earned the #1 star on the evening, stopping 35 of Wheeling’s 36 shots.
Wheeling Nailers 3, Toledo Walleye 2
I guess the Walleye felt pity for Wheeling? No bueno.
Kent Simpson got his third start in as many games, opposing Scott Darling in a rematch from Saturday evening. There were plenty of fireworks in this game, and I’m not talking about scoring: there were three fights in the game and a total of 59 PIMs handed out. It is to be expected with the teams facing each other three times in three days, but seeing as two of the three Wheeling goals came on the power play, in the end it bit Toledo in the arse.
The first period was all Toledo, with goals by Randy Rowe (5:25) and Kyle Rogers (12:41), the latter being on the power play. The Walleye got an astounding 21 shots on Darling in the first twenty minutes. Thankfully for the Nailers, Darling must have enacted the force-field around his net.
Wheeling would score the only goal in the second period while on the power play – Chris Barton got one past Simpson at 9:01. The Walleye still held an edge in shots for that period, 11 to the Nailers’ 6.
The Toledo defense held the Nailers to only three shots in the final twenty minutes. Unfortunately two of them went behind Simpson. Goals by Zack Torquato and Matt Germain 33 seconds apart in the middle of the period would doom the Walleye. Despite outshooting Wheeling 44-18 (!!), the weekend ended on a sour note. The Walleye loss also clinched the North Division for the Cincinnati Cyclones *sad trombone*
The Walleye finished the season with a 7-1-0-1 record against Wheeling. Thank you Nailers – without you this season would have been full of suck.
Blackhawks Prospects Update: Kent Simpson sports a 16-13-2-3 record for the Walleye with .908 SV% and a 2.48 GAA….Byron Froese has 33 points (12G, 21A) and is a +11 in 38 games played which earned him a vacation in Rockford for the first time this season…Ben Youds was sent back down to Toledo last Wednesday and has 28 points (5G, 23A) and a +9 for the Walleye
The Week Ahead: Four of the six remaining games for the Walleye take place next week. This is somewhat important. The Evansville IceMen visit Toledo on Wednesday, March 20th. The Walleye then play a 3-game set over the weekend: Friday night in Michigan to take on the Kalamazoo Wings, and Saturday and Sunday at home versus the Reading Royals.
Current Standings: North Division – 1) Cincinnati Cyclones, 88 points (66 GP), 2) Toledo Walleye, 75 points (66 GP), 3) Kalamazoo Wings, 69 points (65 GP), 4) Fort Wayne Komets, 67 points (66 GP), 5) Evansville IceMen, 52 points (66 GP). With two weeks remaining in the season, here are the conference standings:
Stats-O-Rama: Willie Coetzee leads the team with 24 goals, 34 assists and 58 total points…Cody Lampl sports a +17…Kent Simpson leads the Walleye with a 16-13-2-3 record with .908 SV% and a 2.48 GAA…Aaron Bogosian leads the Walleye with 152 PIMs…Trevor Parkes has 6 PPGs…Coetzee is fifth in the league with 242 SOGs…the Walleye’s power play is 15.7% (17th) and have a 83.3% penalty kill rate (121h)…Toledo is 22nd out of 23 teams, averaging 13.8 PIM per game