MOLINE, IL – Toledo opened up their 2017-18 season with their fourth season-opening win in franchise history, as they were able to spoil the Mallards home and season opener with a 3-2 victory! Your starting goaltenders for the contest were C.J. Motte (0-1-0) for Quad City and Pat Nagle (1-0-0) for Toledo.
Toledo wasted no time getting on the board early, with Patrick McCarron scoring his first professional goal and the first goal of the Walleye season after 1:55 seconds of play. Just 29 seconds later Connor Crisp got another one by C.J. Motte to put Toledo up 2-0 over Quad City. Over the course of the next 12 minutes, both teams had chances but gained no ground, until Sam Warning scored Quad City’s first goal of the season after tipping a shot past Pat Nagle. A late penalty by Tristan King put Toledo on the power play, but the Mallard’s killed it off to keep the score 2-1 after the first period of 2017-18 hockey.
Both teams came out swinging in the second for an action-packed start to the period before Toledo took control of the pace for the better part of nine minutes until Tristan King broke free to tie the game up at two apiece. Quad City then carried the momentum, and almost got the lead when the puck squirted by Nagle but stayed out thanks to the quick stick of McCarron. With 4:58 left in the period A.J. Jenks ripped one past Motte to put Toledo back up 3-2 and bring the momentum back in Toledo’s favor. A weird sequence followed after Ryan Obuchowski went to the box for a hold. During the penalty kill, Crisp collided with Motte outside the crease and play was stopped as if a penalty had been called. No one went to the box, but Sam Warning of Quad City was given a ten-minute misconduct call. Toledo killed off the rest of the penalty before heading back onto the kill due to an Austen Brassard slash. About a minute into the second penalty kill the refs missed a high stick against Quad City’s Keegan Kolesar but caught Koselar interfering with Obuchowski to make it 4-on-4 until the end of the period.
As the third period began, 4-on-4 hockey continued until Brassard came out of the box to give a brief power play to Toledo, which was successfully killed off by the Mallards. In a period that was controlled by Toledo, Quad City only managed to get four shots on goal despite having their third power play following an Alden Hirschfeld slash at 15:17. Toledo had a power play late in the period but failed to score, making them 0-for-4 on the man advantage. Quad City was 0-and-3 on the power play. Jenks’ second-period goal turned out to be the game-winner, as Toledo took down the Mallards with a final score of 3-2. Your three stars of the game were as follows: 1st star to Pat Nagle with a 20 save performance, Kevin Tansey with the 2nd star thanks to two assists, and Quad City’s Tristan King earned 3rd star with his goal for the Mallards.
Shots on goal were 33 to 22 in Toledo’s favor, and seven Walleye players contributed to tonight’s win with either a goal or assist. Expect the power play unit to be an area of focus for tomorrow’s game, but the penalty kill unit performed well tonight as mentioned earlier. Look for Matěj Machovský (0-0-0) to be the starting goaltender for tomorrow’s tilt against the Fort Wayne Komets.