TOLEDO, Ohio– After Friday night’s game between both clubs, Toledo and Kansas City were two teams heading in opposite directions. A Toledo Walleye club that had won six in a row going into Saturday game and rising a top of the standings. The Kansas City Mavericks were a team that had lost four straight and currently out of playoff contention. Both squads met again Saturday looking to find their ways.
In what would be an even first period between both teams, Toledo would get on the board late in the period at 18:57 as Connor Crisp would score on a nice pass from Dylan Sadowy. In the only period he was tested, Toledo netminder Matej Machovsky played well stopping all nine Kansas City shots and stopping the Mavericks on the power-play after Walleye forward Tyler Barnes was called for tripping only 2:22 into the game.
The second period is when Toledo took advantage of the game as they blew it open as Crisp added to his scoring for the night at 8:35 of the period after an assist from Ryan Obuchowski. After Toledo’s power play had been struggling of late, it would find life as Simon Denis would score on the power play after a Mavericks defenseman Nate Wideman tripping call. A period that saw Toledo outshoot Kansas City 11-9.
In a wild, ugly third period, Crisp would complete his hat-trick for Toledo at 11:56 on a rebound from Walleye defenseman Davis Vandane shot. The game would take a turn for the worse though when Mavericks forward Garret Klotz connected multiple cross-checks to the back of Walleye forward A.J. Jenks on the boards, a similar incident to the last year playoff’s cross-checking incident between Kalamazoo’s Ben Wilson and Toledo’s Simon Denis. Standing up for Jenks was the Walleye’s Crisp who stood up to fight Klotz. A big part of the incident also was Mavericks goaltender Mason McDonald, leaving his crease to join the fray, a breach of etiquette which led to a goalie fight between McDonald and his Walleye counterpart Machovsky, skating down from the other end of the ice to battle.
Following the brawl between the teams, tempers flared late in the period again between both sides, as a large scrum ensued with many players led by Eric Freschi cross-checking Walleye defenseman Parker Reno which resulted in Freschi getting a game misconduct. Involved in the scrum also was Tyler Elbrecht fighting Toledo’s Erik Bradford. Following the second brawl which resulted in a Walleye power-play, Toledo would run up the score after Kyle Bonis would make it a 5-0 game at 19:22 of the third period.
In the end, it was an ugly game that the league office will undoubtedly discuss. With the win, Toledo gets its seven straight victory, while the Mavericks have dropped five in a row. Toledo looks to continue it’s success Sunday with a home game with the Wichita Thunder.
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