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Walleye blast K-Zoo 8-2 to win Brabham Cup

(Toledo, OH). Tyler Barnes set a new single season points record with a hat trick in an 8-2 Sunday win over Kalamazoo at the Huntington Center. Toledo finished with an overall record of 50-15-5-2 on the season and a record of 26-6-2-2 at home. The Walleye win the Brabham Cup which is given out to the team with the most points in the ECHL.

The Wings picked up a power play goal 5:33 into the first period to lead the game 1-0. Toledo evened the game at one when Tyler Barnes (32nd) deflected a Shane Berschbach pass into the Kalamazoo net at 12:20 of the first. That opened up the gates for the Walleye as A.J. Jenks sent a wrist shot past Kalamazoo goaltender Joel Martin at 13:21 for his 14th of the year. Just 32 seconds later Scott Czarnowczan (2nd) gave the Walleye a 3-1 lead followed at 15:05 of the first period by Josh Holmstrom (13) and a 4-1 lead after one period.

A.J. Jenks picked up his second goal of the night at 4:19 of the second period. Kalamazoo closed to within a goal before the end of the period. The Walleye owned the third period as Barnes scored twice at 1:09 and 3:35 to pick up his second hat trick of the season and he finishes the year with 34 goals. Jenks (16th) completed his hat trick at 3:51, just 16 ticks after Barnes picked up his.

Walleye Notes: Goaltender Jake Paterson made 32 saves to win in his first professional start. Tyler Barnes has set a new Walleye single season points record with 74 surpassing the previous record held by Andy Bohmbach (72) in 2010-11. Tonight was the first time in Walleye history that two players have had hat tricks in the same game.

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