March 2, 2018
Walleye tie record for consecutive home wins with victory over Stingrays
(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye defeated the Stingrays 4-2 on Friday night in Toledo. Simon Denis picked up three points and Pat Nagle stopped 18 of 20 shots to improve to 28-4-2-1 on the season. The Walleye are 39-14-2-2 on the season and 24-4-0-0 at home. The win tied their record for consecutive home victories set in 2015-16, which was 13 straight.
The Walleye would dominate much of the play in the first period, outshooting South Carolina 15-4. Toledo would break a scoreless game at 11:20 of the first when Colin Jacobs picked up the rebound on Simon Denis’ original shot and snuck it past Stingrays goaltender, Jeff Jakaitis, on the power play to make it 1-0. “A lot of that shot was the puck being up at the net and I just had to pick up the rebound,” Jacobs said. “They don’t let in many pucks in with clean shots, you have to pick up those rebounds.”
Shane Berschbach sent a pass over to Denis, who slammed the puck into the back of the net on the power play to make it 2-0 at 16:18 of the second frame.
South Carolina would sneak the puck past Nagle just 14 seconds into the third period to cut the Walleye lead to 2-1 on the power play. Dylan Sadowy would give the Walleye a 3-1 lead at 1:11. Christian Hilbrich’s dump-in hit the glass, and bounced in front to Mike Borkowski, who found the back of the net at 12:07 to make it 4-1. South Carolina would cut the Walleye lead to 4-2 at 17:12 of the final period.
Coach Watson considered this a playoff type game. “I knew it was going to be a battle,” said Watson. “The special teams is huge, especially in the playoffs, and I consider this to be a playoff game.”
- The Walleye are home Saturday for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against South Carolina. The team is in Brampton on Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. puck drop against the Beast.
- Nagle stopped 18 of 20 shots and improves to 28-4-2-1 on the season. He’s currently on a ten-game winning streak, continuing his record. He was named ECHL goaltender for the month of February after going 8-0-0.
- Dylan Sadowy has scored in six straight games and has 11 points in his past nine games.
- Beau Schmitz skated in his 300th career game tonight.
- Colin Jacobs scored in his first game as a Walleye tonight.
- Tonight’s victory ties a record set in 2015-16 of 13 straight home wins.