The Walleye entered last week down 3-2 in their 7-game series against the Cincinnati Cyclones. A win in Toledo last Tuesday, and a pivotal Game Seven in Cincinnati would be played, with a improbable 3-0 series comeback within reach for the Walleye.
And then 5 seconds happened, and everything went to shit.
What is this 5 seconds I am referring to? Read it and weep folks:
Game Six: Cincinnati Cyclones 4, Toledo Walleye 3 (OT)
An amped up crowd at the Huntington Center hoped against hope that this wouldn’t be the last game of the season for the Walleye, having won their last two games versus Cincy to keep their season going. The usual suspects were in goal – Jordan Pearce for the Walleye and Michael Houser for the Cyclones.
The opening period was a rather even affair, with both teams mustering eight shots on goal. With 26 seconds left in the first, Trevor Parkes put his third goal of the playoffs past Houser to give the Walleye a 1-0 lead.
The second period featured a flurry of action, with Toledo holding an edge in shots, 18-17. Again, only one goal would be scored in the period, when Michael Pelech banked a shot past Pearce at 16:22.
Andrej Nestrasil put the Walleye back on top just 2:50 into the third period, on the power play no less (*gasp*). The momentum was short lived though, when in true Walleye fashion, they gave up a goal to Cincy’s David Pacan just 22 seconds later to knot the game at 2. Joey Martin scored another goal on the power play (*GASP*) at 10:32, to again give Toledo a one-goal lead. Things looked promising with Pearce standing tall, and a game seven seemed well within reach for the Walleye.
And then the Cyclones pulled the goalie and Garrett Wilson banked a shot off of a Walleye defenseman with five seconds left to tie the game. No joke, the Huntington Center sounded like a Whoopie Cushion after that goal – FART NOISE.
I wish I could tell you exactly what happened in overtime, but I was late getting back to the radio stream and OOPS CINCINNATI SCORED JUST 3:05 INTO OVERTIME TO WIN THE GAME AND THE SERIES. If you care, Mathieu Aubin scored the game-winner. I certainly do not.
It was a crappy way to end the series and the season for the Walleye. A gold star for effort and not folding like a tent after being down 3-0 in the series. No scratch and sniff sticker for you though, you only get those if you make it to the second round.
So that’s the end of the road for my ECHL reporting this season. I have to say, after losing the Express at the end of last season (kiss my ass Sears Centre), I didn’t know if I would follow the ECHL any further. But I’m glad I hitched my wagon to the Walleye: they’re a great organization and it’s a great place to see a hockey game. Too bad about sharing the affiliation with the Red Wings though. BOOOOOOOO.
You’ll see me pop around here on RoD in the meantime. If Kat will let me that is.