Final Regular Season Records:
Toledo Walleye: (51-17-2, Central Division Champion, 1st in the Western conference)
Kalamazoo Wings: (38-20-1, 4th in the Central Division, 7th in the Western conference)
SERIES SCHEDULE: (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and all times local):
Game 1 – Friday, April 14 – Kalamazoo at TOLEDO 7:35 pm ET
Game 2 – Saturday, April 15 – Kalamazoo at TOLEDO 7:35 pm ET
Game 3 – Tuesday, April 18 – Toledo at KALAMAZOO 7 pm ET
Game 4 – Wednesday, April 21 – Toledo at KALAMAZOO 7 pm ET
*Game 5 – Saturday, April 22 – Kalamazoo at TOLEDO 7:35 pm ET
*Game 6 – Monday, April 24 -Toledo at KALAMAZOO 3 pm ET
*Game 7 – Wednesday, April 26 – Kalamazoo at TOLEDO 7:35 pm ET
*=> If Necessary
Season Series Recap:
Toledo won the series season against the Wings 6-3-1. A series that Toledo’s mostly had control in most games but still the Wings played Toledo tight in a few games and handled Toledo two home losses. Toledo only lost two road games also in Kalamazoo.
How Toledo Wins:
Toledo wins the series by their offense. Toledo can score in bunches and a have outscored opponents by wide margins many times over the course of the year. Toledo’s has Tylor Spink and Tyson Spink can score in multiple ways while also they have Shane Berschabch who can put up an assist every night.
How Kalamazoo Wins:
The Wings win the series by their goaltending. Joel Martin is a key veteran in the ECHL who brings the playoff experience but has struggled somewhat this season. This season, Martin finished with a 19-18-1 record, a 3.18 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Backing him up is Nick Riopel, a goalie who has bounced around in his career. Riopel had a respectable 18-12 record, with a 3.13 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. One would figure Riopel gets the start in game one, with the potential for Martin to see some time during this series.
Who Wins this Series?