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.
Cincinnati Cyclones 3, Toledo Walleye 0
Coming into Friday night’s game, the Cyclones had a comfortable 12 point lead on the Walleye in the North Division. But hey, the Walleye could make Cincinnati sweat a bit right? Right? As Grumpy Cat would say, NO.
The first period of the game was scoreless, with Kent Simpson and Michael Houser stopping 11 and 9 shots by the Cyclones and Walleye respectively. Mathieu Aubin would break the seal, scoring 7:34 into the second to spot Cincinnati to a 1-0 lead. The Cyclones outshot the Walleye in the middle period, 12 to a terribad 5.
The Walleye attempted a comeback in the third, pulling the goalie with less than two minutes left. This resulted in not one, but two empty net goals for the Cyclones. FAIL. Houser got the shutout for Cincinnati, stopping all 24 Toledo shots.
Shockingly, only one penalty was called all game, a minor for being a hooker by the Cyclones. DID SOMEONE SUBSTITUTE THE ECHL WITH FOLGER’S COFFEE?
Kalamazoo Wings 5, Toledo Walleye 3
The Walleye attempted to salvage the weekend in K-Zoo on Saturday night. The Wings shot that idea down rather quickly, literally.
Jordan Pearce got the start for the Walleye, but lasted a mere 11:23 in goal. Pearce gave up goals by K-Zoo’s John Armstrong, Alexandre Grenier, Steven Anthony and Yann “I used to play on the Wolves” Sauve. This earned Pearce the hook, and Kent Simpson got the pleasure of finishing the game for Toledo. The Walleye did manage to get two past Wings goaltender Joel Martin in the first twenty minutes, with goals by Trevor Parkes and Byron Froese. The Walleye led in shots, 16-12 after the first.
The scoring parade continued in the second, as Brett Lysak put the Cyclones up by three once again at 6:53. Froese would score his second of the evening at 11:20 to get Toledo withing striking distance.
Alas, there was no scoring to be had in the third. I think everyone was tired. The Walleye somehow managed to put up 49 shots on Martin and still lost. Toledo has gone 3-4-3-0 in their last ten games. Way to be.
It appears Nick Vitucci and his coaching staff got two ten-minute misconducts in the last minute of the game. Maybe they just left the bench to get the hell out of K-zoo early.
Blackhawks Prospects Update: Kent Simpson sports a 14-12-2-3 record for the Walleye with .906 SV% and a 2.49 GAA….Byron Froese has 33 points (12G, 21A) and is a +11 in 38 games played
The Week Ahead: The Walleye have just ten games left in the season, and play four of them this week. The Greenville Road Warriors visit Toledo on Wednesday, March 13. The Walleye then play three games in three nights against the Wheeling Nailers. The game on Friday, March 15 will be in Wheeling, while Saturday and Sunday’s games will be at the Huntington Center.
Current Standings: North Division – 1) Cincinnati Cyclones, 87 points (64 GP), 2) Toledo Walleye, 71 points (62 GP), 3) Kalamazoo Wings, 67 points (62 GP), 4) Fort Wayne Komets, 61 points (62 GP), 5) Evansville IceMen, 49 points (62 GP). With three weeks remaining in the season, here are the conference standings:
HANG ON WALLEYE!
Stats-O-Rama: Trevor Parkes was named ECHL’s Player of the Week for February 25 – March 3 – he scored 11 points (6G, 5A) in four games…Willie Coetzee leads the team with 23 goals, 30 assists and 53 total points…Cody Lampl sports a +17…Jordan Pearce leads with a 15-9-2-1 record…Kent Simpson has a .906 SV% and a 2.49 GAA…Recently acquired via a trade, Aaron Bogosian leads the Walleye with 146 PIMs…Wes O’Neill has 5 PPGs…Coetzee is fifth in the league with 266 SOGs…the Walleye’s power play is 15.0% (20th) and have a 82.9% penalty kill rate (12th)…Toledo is 22nd out of 23 teams, averaging 13.6 PIM per game