It seems like just yesterday the 2012-13 ECHL season had just started, and I was still struggling to spell (much less pronounce) a bunch of the Walleye players’ names. Alas, the Kelly Cup playoffs start this week, and through force of will, luck and playing the Wheeling Nailers a billion times, the Walleye have made it to the postseason.
With only a month left in the season, being in the middle of the pack in terms of securing a playoff spot would be a good time for the Walleye to get it together, eh? No one ever listens to me.
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.
Yes again, I know it’s supposed to be “Walleye Monday” but I wasn’t even in the state Monday, so Mea Culpa. Hearing about the last four games for the Walleye was worth the wait wasn’t it? On second thought, don’t answer that.
The Walleye entered this week in first place in the North Division, with three contests versus division foes over the weekend. Add in the throwing of stuffed animals and a visit from three middle-aged hockey players turned “actors,” and it proved to be an eventful week.
First off, apologies for missing Walleye Monday last week – I know all 7 of you regular readers were heartbroken. I actually moved last Monday, meaning my computer and my brain weren’t completely hooked up until mid-week. Damn you real life!
The Walleye have actually done very well since I last wrote a post – perhaps this is a sign? Anyway, after the break enjoy catching up on the last two weeks of Walleye hockey. Now in bullet point form with a bonus highlights video so you don’t poke your eyes out by the end of the post!
Sadly, I’d prefer a banana split, but the season’s still young.
After playing their season opener on the 13th, the Walleye had to wait nearly a week to play game number two on the year. Go ECHL scheduling, go! Toledo finally laced up the skates again last Friday at home vs. the Cincinnati Cyclones and traveled to Kalamazoo on Saturday to take on the Wings.
[Author's Note: Yes, I was supposed to get this post up yesterday, but I was stricken with the 48 Hour Sinus Infection From Hell. Please forgive me.]
Going into the final week of the regular season, the Express needed not only to take nearly every point in their last three games, they also needed a little help from the teams in front of them. Unfortunately, the other teams didn’t cooperate.
The Express entered the week with four games on the schedule and one spot out of the final playoff spot. With the Cincinnati Cyclones and Reading Royals competing with Chicago for that last ticket to the postseason, every point would count.
The Express played four games last week, an important stretch while battling to remain in a playoff spot. Perhaps someone should have reminded the team of that. Oh well.