Coming off a good Tuesday win against the Wheeling Nailers, the Toledo Walleye continued the week with a game in Kalamazoo against the Wings on Wednesday, and a home game against the Brampton Beast on Friday. Two teams that they have had their success against this year but still have many games between the two clubs.
Even though it would be a scoreless first period, the Wings played solid hockey against Toledo in the first period on Wednesday. Shots were in favor of Kalamzoo at 15-7. This was also a Wings team putting together two quality power plays with many opportunities.
Still though, Toledo broke it open in the second with Tylor Spink scoring from Tyson Spink at 2:29 of the period, two guys that have been quieter of late. After a bad turnover from the Kalamazoo’s Tanner Sorenson, A.J. Jenks would score on a rebound on Kalamazoo’s goalie Joel Martin at 4:21. Even Rankin would continue the dominance for the Walleye as he scored at 6:21 of the period, three goals in the span of four minutes that would be the difference to the game. Things would on take odder turn in the second period when Wing’s Ben Wilson would score from Kalamazoo’s own side though it wouldn’t count as Justin Taylor was offside, a disallowed goal that really could have changed the game.
Kalamazoo did what they needed to do though and got a goal right away from Justin Taylor just 90 seconds into the third period. The Wings came out attacking and even though down two goals, they looked like they could get back in the game. That was short lived as Tyson Spink scored at 7:49 that really put the game away. Maybe the biggest story-line of the game though was Walleye top defenseman Scott Czarnowczan leaving with a lower body injury in the second period leaving the Walleye, who were already shorthanded on the blue line, even that much more depleted.
Onward to Friday’s game, this was a Brampton team that haven’t seen Toledo since the second weekend of the year. Unlike that second weekend which was filled impressive scoring between the two teams, Friday’s game was a defensive battle. Toledo only managed five shots through the first period with Brampton getting the scoring going on a Lucas Venuto rebound goal at 17:17 of the period.
Adding a different storyline to this game, the first penalty of the game wouldn’t come until the 9:13 mark of the second period on a boarding call to Brampton’s Brandon Marino. Even with six different penalties in the frame, there would be no change in the scoreboard.
Shots on goals would would come to be more lopsided in the third period with Toledo in favor of Brampton 12-2. Still, they were not quality shots for the Walleye leaving the goal to pester Brampton’s goalie Andrew D’Agostini unfulfilled. A regrettable pass from Toledo’s defenseman Nolan Zajac was picked off by Willie Corrin who would make it hurt, scoring to double the Beast lead to 2-0. Jacob MacDoanld would score late for Toledo at 19:34 but it was too little too late.
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