TOLEDO, OH- After returning home from a grueling road trip, during which Toledo went 2-2-0-1, the Walleye looked to finish out their three in three with two more wins. Saturday featured the second leg of a home and home with the Brampton Beast.
After playing an even game the night before in Brampton, the Toledo Walleye continued the weekend with a rematch against the Beast in Toledo. Toledo was coming off a grueling five-game road trip and needed to find some consistency in their game.
Toledo night starting going on the power-play after the Beast forward Scott Jacklin went to box for hooking but like most of the year, Toledo power-play continues to struggle and remains the main concern right now. With that said, Toledo power-play found it’s life right after it started with Dylan Sadowy scoring out in front of Beast netminder Andrew D’Agostini after Beast forward Vincent Dunn was called for a high-sticking call. Toledo power-play would still only go 1-for-3 of the game.
Playing the role of agitator in the first period and coming off a good game Friday, Vincent Dunn would get the Beast on the board as Toledo netminder Pat Nagle was out of position. After a pretty pass and highlight play from Mike Borkowski falling with the puck, Kyle Bonis would score at 19:25 to give Toledo it’s lead back. Much like how the first period saw an even shot on goals in Brampton favor at 12-11, Toledo saw the shots in their favor at the end of the second at 12-11 again.
After pestering Toledo netminder Nagle with good shots in the third, Chris Leveille would score late at 17:01 on a nice pass from Matt Petgrave who took the puck between the legs of Toledo defenseman Davis Vandane.
Brampton netminder D’Agostini made some good stops to start OT, but Toledo’s Shane Berschbach would score on him by tipping in a pass from Sadowy.
Much like the goaltending matchup between Beast netminder Zachary Fucale and Toledo’s Matěj Machovský, Saturday game was more of the same with solid goaltending from Pat Nagle and Andrew D’Agostini.
For Brampton, it was two VERY tough losses against Toledo as they played well both games. With the win, it was Toledo’s 5th straight home win.
Following the OT thriller against the Beast Toledo looked to close out the weekend with a third straight win. Cincinnati was once again in town and was looking to snap a two-game skid of their own. Starting goaltenders for the Sunday matinee were Jonas Johansson for Cincinnati and Matěj Machovský for Toledo.
Toledo started off the game with one of their strongest first periods of the year. Within the first five minutes of the game, the Walleye put up five shots on Johansson while preventing the Cyclones from sending the puck Machovský’s way. Toledo’s strong start was rewarded early on the power play after Rob De Fulviis was called for hooking. Once the power play began, the Walleye went to work and cashed in when Bonis took a shot that went off a Cyclone defender and past Johansson for the 1-0 lead 7:02 into the game.
Cincinnati was unable to generate an offensive response during the first thanks to the Walleye defense, as they were only able to put five shots on goal in the first twenty minutes. Johansson was quite busy though, having to face 16 shots from Toledo. Despite the pressure, no other goals were scored in the first 20 minutes due to the Swedish netminder’s stellar play.
Despite being outshot badly in the first, Cincinnati was by no means out of this game. Toledo was the first to score in the frame though, as Patrick McCarron extended the lead at 7:26 with a blue line blast. Not satisfied with a 2-0 lead, Ryan Obuchowski tacked on another one with a long shot of his own two minutes after McCarron’s goal to make it 3-0 Toledo. Following the third goal, Cincinnati was desperate to make something happen and was given a chance when Connor Crisp was sent to the box for high-sticking. The Cyclone power play unit put three shots on Machovský, with the third one finding the back of the net. Brandon McNally skated down the boards and made Machovský commit to the short side before sending the shot far-side to beat him. Now a 3-1 game, Cincinnati kept up the pressure throughout the rest of the period but were unable to beat Machovský, who made multiple great saves to preserve the two-goal lead.
With twenty minutes left of hockey to play the Cyclones were going to have to work fast to get back into this game, but unfortunately for them it got off to a bad start. The Walleye offense was back to first-period form, as they peppered Johansson with shot after shot. There were six shots on goal, three to each goaltender, to start the period with the sixth one breaking through. Erik Bradford gained possession of the puck and skated out of his zone along the benches with Austen Brassard on the opposite side of the ice. The forwards created a two on one which ended with Bradford making the perfect pass across the slot to Brassard who buried it past a helpless Johansson to make it 4-1 after 1:25 of play.
Toledo would proceed to put nine more shots on the Johansson over the next nine minutes, all while preventing the Cyclones from shooting on Machovský. Their persistence was again rewarded when Shane Berschbach picked up Kyle Bonis’ rebound in front of the net for the fifth Walleye goal of the game at 4:11.
Now with their backs up against the wall, Cincinnati had one more chance to climb back into the game when they had their third power play of the game 12:48 when Tyler Barnes was called for hooking. Once again the Cyclones were able to net another power-play goal, this time thanks to Daniel Muzito-Bagenda‘s which once again made it a three-goal game. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, the Walleye put the final nail in the coffin when Berschbach put another rebound past Johansson 31 seconds after the Cyclone goal to make it 6-2. The score would hold for the remainder of the game, as Toledo would win their third straight game to end their seven-game in a ten-day stretch.
Toledo would finish with 44 shots on goal, and the Cyclones would end up with 30 shots of their own. Matěj Machovský improves to 9-7-0-1 on the year, with 28 saves during the game. The Walleye will now have some time off to rest up until their Saturday night matchup in Indy against the Fuel.
This weekly recap was a collaboration between Michael Scott & Alex Wolff