April 8, 2017
Walleye clinch Brabham Cup with dominating win
(Toledo, OH) Dane Walters scored five times to lead the Walleye to a Brabham Cup Clinching win 10-0 over Indy Saturday night at the Huntington Center. Toledo finished the regular season with an overall record of 51-17-2-2 and is 26-7-1-2 at home. The Walleye hold the Brabham Cup for the second time in the last three years.
Toledo started with a bang by scoring four first period goals. The first came off of the stick of Beau Schmitz (4th) as he one-timed a Shane Berschbach pass at 1:10. At 11:22, Dane Walters (17th) tipped the puck over Eric Levine for a 2-0 lead. Alex Globke made it 3-0 with his 5th goal of the season. Evan Rankin collected his 28th of the year at 15:17 of the first period.
Dane Walters owned the second period as he scored all four of Toledo’s goals at 4:13, 10:09, 14:37 and 17:41. The last was a shorthanded strike on a pass from J.P LaFontaine. Tylor Spink (28th) and JP LaFontaine each scored in the third period for goals number nine and ten. Dane Walters also added an assist to his five goals for a Walleye record tying six points. Alden Hirschfeld had six points in Toledo’s 12-0 win over Gwinnett on February 22, 2015. Walters also become the 30th player in ECHL history to score five goals in a game and joins Evan Rankin who twice in his career has reached the five goal mark. Shane Berschbach picked up four assists in the game giving him 68 for the year and he is now the Walleye career leader in points with 216.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Jake Paterson stopped all Indy’s 24 shots and has a record of 34-13-1-1 on the season. The 7th shutout of the season for Paterson is the most in Toledo ECHL history and is tied for the second most in ECHL history. The 8,020 was the 20th sellout crowd of the season as the Walleye set a new single season record with 254,660 fans for the year. Toledo’s average of 7,074 per game is the first time that a Toledo team has averaged over 7,000 fans per game in a single season.