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Weekend wrap in KZoo

Looking Back: Toledo picked up a point in a 1-0 overtime loss at Fort Wayne on Saturday night. Goaltender Jake Paterson stopped 30 of 31 shots in the loss.

Team streak still alive: Despite falling short of a victory Friday night in Fort Wayne, Toledo did extend it's season best unbeaten in regulation streak to seven games. The Walleye have not lost a game in regulation since a 5-4 loss at Manchester on November 13. Toledo has a record of 4-0-3 during the streak.

Hirschfeld's streak ends at seven: By virtue of Toledo being held scoreless Friday night by Fort Wayne meant that forward Alden Hirschfeld saw his season high seven game point come to a close. Going into Friday he had the longest such streak in the ECHL and completed it with nine points (5G, 4A).

No goals: Friday night was the second time this season that Toledo has been held scoreless in a game with both times the final score was 1-0. The Walleye fell 1-0 to Adirondack on November 7 in the teams home opener. In Friday's game Toledo was held to a season low 16 shots on goal.

Quick starts are key: Toledo has scored first seven times this year and have a record of 5-1-1 when they do collect the first goal. When they haven't scored first, the Walleye do have decent record at 3-4-4.

Back in the zoo: Toledo finishes out the weekend today in Kalamazoo. Toledo won the first meeting this season on October 23 in Kalamazoo by a score of 5-2. Both Alden Hirschfeld and Marek Tvrdon each score twice in that game to lead the Walleye to victory. The KWings came from behind in the second meeting for a 3-2 shootout win over the Walleye on November 19 at the Huntington Center.

A look at the KWings: Kalamazoo is 7-10-1 on the season and are tied with Brampton for third in the North Division. Since the win over Toledo on the 19th, Kalamazoo has dropped three straight games and is just 4-6-0 over the past ten contests. The Wings have been better at home, sporting a record of 4-4-1 in games played at Kalamazoo.

Coming up for the Walleye: Toledo continues its road grind to start the season with a pair of road tilts at Indy on Thursday and Friday night. Following those two games Toledo will be a full 20 games into the season. The Walleye return to the home ice on December 9 when they host Evansville.