TOLEDO, Ohio – Thursday, the ECHL announced their All-ECHL First and Second teams, and Toledo had one player represented on the second team. After a fantastic regular season, Pat Nagle earned a spot on the roster.
To say that Nagle has been a workhorse for the Walleye is an understatement, as the veteran netminder has been critical to the team’s success this season. Through 48 starts Nagle has 36 wins, which breaks Nick Vitucci‘s Toledo Storm record of most wins in a single season (35). Aside from a staggering amount of wins, which leads the ECHL by the way, his save percentage (SV%) sits at .926, and he has a goals against average (GAA) of 2.15.
In the nine games Nagle was unable to win, he secured his team a point in four of them via an overtime loss or dropping the decision via shootout.
Starting on January 27 against the Brampton Beast, Nagle won ten straight starts. It wasn’t until the Walleye dropped their March 3rd game against the South Carolina Stingrays in overtime did Nagle experience defeat again. Throughout those ten games, the Michigan native posted a SV% of 0.939 while only giving up 1.80 goals per game.
An argument could be made for Nagle earning a spot on the All-ECHL First Team (an honor given to Stingrays netminder Parker Milner,) which undoubtedly would have been an honor, but there is a more tempting award for the netminder and the rest of the Walleye.
As the Kelly Cup Playoffs approach, Toledo has its sights on one goal: the Kelly Cup. Home-ice has been secured through the first three rounds. With two more regular season games left, I’m sure Nagle and the rest of the team cannot wait for April 13th to begin the quest for the cup.
End of the season awards are an accomplishment to be sure, but nothing would compare to winning it all.