TOLEDO, OH – After struggling in Wheeling last Friday night and losing, the Toledo Walleye went back home last Saturday looking to avenge Friday game playing the Nailers again. Last Saturday game was a back and forth affair that was chippy on both ends.
Wheeling started the first period where they left off on Friday as Derek Army would score on a shot at 12:09 of the period that would bounce past Toledo netminder Pat Nagle. A shot Nagle that should have had.
In maybe the most interesting second period so far this season for Toledo, Darian Dziurzynki would fight Hunter Fejes only 5 seconds into the period in a good tilt. After a really bad cross-checking hit from Wheeling’s Zach Tolkinen on Toledo’s Tyler Barnes that lead to a double minor, Mike Borkowski and Kevin Tansey would score twice on it for Toledo. Borkowski would continue his success scoring again at 10:43 of the period with some questionable defense from the Nailers Jeff Taylor. A period that saw in total eleven penalties between each team.
Wheeling would respond well though in the third period as Freddy Tiffels would score his first goal of the year. Cody Wydo would tie the game for Wheeling next at 4:41 of the second period. Toledo would response right away though at 9:19 as Kyle Bonis would score his first goal since coming back from the AHL’s Iowa Wild. Toledo’s Borkowski would seal the win for Toledo late in the period on an empty net giving him his first ECHL hat-trick.
Even with the loss, Wheeling proved themselves playing hard and tough and outshot Toledo 39-28 for the game. Even though they won, it’s concerning for Toledo to give up a third-period lead like they did.
After finishing up with Wheeling last weekend, Toledo traveled to Indianapolis this Tuesday with another meeting with the Indy Fuel, a team Toledo has dominated since it started to play in ECHL. Borkowski would start his dominance again scoring early 4:12 into the period for the Walleye. Toledo offense would continue its success scoring 10:26 into the second period this time from rookie forward Charlie O’Connor.
Indy wouldn’t get on the board until 2:53 into the third period Radovan Borda who would score out in front for his first goal for the year. Toledo would respond shortly later as new forward Christian Hilbrich would score a goal that just would get past Indy netminder Collin Deila, a shot that Deila should have it. After that goal, Toledo was all over Indy as Austin Brassard would steal the win for the Walleye with a goal at 14:42 of the third period. In the first game back since injuring himself in Fort Wayne in Toledo second game of the year, goaltender Matej Machovsky would get his first win in a Toledo uniform even though he wasn’t tested.
After Tuesday game, Toledo traveled back home for a school game with rival Fort Wayne Komets on Thursday morning. It was all Christian Hilbrich again in the first period as he continues to shine scoring twice for Toledo at 1:55 and 5:29 of the period. It was a period that Toledo played as well as you could have played and they drew the penalties.
The second period was a much different story as it was Toledo worst period of the season to date. Kevin Tansey would get another goal to make it 3-0 on a blast with Komets goalie Scott Bartus getting pulled right after it. After a shot from Shawn Szydlowski, Dennis Kranvecko would get Fort Wayne on the board at 9:34 of the second period. After a face-off violation and a Ryan Obuchowski hooking penalty, Szydlowski would score for Fort Wayne getting it to a one-goal game for Fort Wayne. In likely his biggest games since coming over from the Adirondack Thunder, Kravancehko would score again to tie it at 19:09 of the period to tie it at 3. Much like the Wheeling game, Toledo would allow another opponent to crawl back into the game.
As bad as Toledo played in the second period, Toledo responded as well as they could have been in the third period. After a great pass from new addition Erik Bradford, Hilbrich would score for his first hat-trick in a Toledo uniform at 4:04 of the period. Only seconds later at 4:39 of the period, A.J. Jenks would score to get Toledo fully back on the gas pedal. Jenks would continue his positive third period scoring again at 11:20 in the third period.
Toledo now extends its point streak to eight games with these three wins. With the weekend here, Toledo faces off against the Cincinnati Cyclones on the road Friday and the Cyclones at home Saturday.
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