Last weekend was Pink in the Rink for the Walleye, raising money for breast cancer awareness and research. Seeing as they only got four out of a possible eight points last week, thus my punny post title. Eh? EH? Oh never mind, onto the recaps…
Fort Wayne Komets 5, Toledo Walleye 4 (OT)
The Walleye started last week in Fort Wayne on Wednesday night. Kent Simpson started in net for Toledo, opposed by the Komets’ Jeff Deslauriers.
The scoring started early, with the Komets’ Jamie Milam deflecting a shot past Simpson just 1:45 into the game. Byron Froese tied the game at one at 13:01. The period ended with the Walleye holding a 15-9 edge in shots.
Toledo killed off a 5-on-3 Fort Wayne advantage to start the second, but Brandon Marino scored on the man-advantage at 2:56 to regain the lead for the Komets. Two more Komets goals by Kaleigh Schrock and Thomas Beauregard sandwiched a Toledo goal by Willie Coetzee. Despite again outshooting the Komets 11-9, Fort Wayne headed into the third period leading by a pair.
Two goals by Trevor Parkes in the third would tie the game up and send the game into overtime. One of them was even on the power play guys! Alas, the Komets got the only four shots on goal in the extra time, with Jean-Michel Rizk‘s wrister beating Simpson at 3:05 to seal the win for Fort Wayne. Coetzee had a goal and two assists in the Walleye’s effort. Still, bleah.
Evansville IceMen 6, Toledo Walleye 3
The IceMen are the worst team in the Eastern Conference by far, so I’m not even going to waste my time with this bird poop of a game. Nino Musitelli got two goals for the fish, Byron Froese also scored and Jordan Pearce let in six on 26 IceMen shots. So. Gross.
Toledo Walleye 7, Evansville IceMen 1
Ok, that’s better.
8,200 fans packed the Huntington Center on Saturday night to see the Walleye take target practice at Evansville’s Paul Karpowich. Hilariously enough, the IceMen scored first, when Daniel Tetrault got a puck past Jordan Pearce just 7:40 in. Trevor Parkes scored on the power play (!!!) just 1:17 later, and Byron Froese gave the Walleye the lead just 22 seconds after that. It was Froese’s third goal in as many games. The Walleye had the first period edge in shots, 7-2 (no that is not a typo).
Willie Coetzee scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the year at 10:23 of the second. Parkes then completed the second hat-trick of the year for Toledo, scoring at 13:53 and 16:58 of the second. I heard a rumor no hats hit the ice – I hope that isn’t true.
Nino Musitelli scored the third power play goal of the night for Toledo (/faints) at 3:53 of the third. Travis Novak added a goal with 2:58 left in regulation, sending the IceMen home presumably pinker than the ice rink. The Walleye led in shots for the game, 37-21.
Trenton Titans 5, Toledo Walleye 4 (OT)
The Titans are actually the second worst team in the conference. DO BETTER WALLEYE.
I’ll make this as painless as possible: The Walleye came back a goal down in the third period after scores by Nino Musitelli (his second on the night) and Kyle Rogers. Stephen Schultz then scored his second of the night with 3:16 left to tie the game and send it to overtime. Schultz completed the hat-trick 2:43 into OT to give the Titans the win. Kent Simpson took the loss, stopping 37 of 42 Trenton shots. But hey, Toledo scored two more power play goals! Baby steps I guess.
Blackhawks Prospects Update: Kent Simpson sports a 14-11-2-3 record for the Walleye with .903 SV% and a 2.57 GAA….Byron Froese has 30 points (10G, 20A) and is a +10 – he has scored 21 points (8G, 13A) in 15 games since coming back from an injury
The Week Ahead: The Walleye play two games on the road this week – on Friday, March 8th at the Cincinnati Cyclones, and on Saturday, March 9th at the Kalamazoo Wings.
Current Standings: North Division – 1) Cincinnati Cyclones, 82 points (61 GP), 2) Toledo Walleye, 71 points (60 GP), 3) Kalamazoo Wings, 61 points (59 GP), 4) Fort Wayne Komets, 61 points (60 GP), 5) Evansville IceMen, 49 points (60 GP). With four weeks remaining in the season, the Walleye hold the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Stats-O-Rama: Willie Coetzee has 23 goals and 52 total points…Andrej Nestrasil has 30 assists and sports a +17…Jordan Pearce leads with a 15-8-2-1 record, 2.56 GAA and a .906 SV%…Phil Oreskovic leads Toledo with 103 PIMs……Wes O’Neill has 5 PPGs…Coetzee is third in the league with 219 SOGs…the Walleye’s power play is 15.3% (18th – moving on up!) and have a 82.7% penalty kill rate (10th)…Toledo is 22nd out of 23 teams, averaging 13.4 PIM per game…The Walleye lead the league with 83 third period goals