8-2-0 over first ten contests: Only one other time in Walleye history as a Toledo team been 8-2-0 over the first ten contests as this year's team has joined the 2014-15 squad at 8-2-0. The start ranks up there with some of the best teams in Toledo ECHL history (Storm and Walleye combined). The 2002-03 Storm (8-1-1), 1995-96 season (8-2-0), 1992-93 (7-1-2) with the best being the 1993-94 team that went 9-1-0 in first ten.
Tying a Walleye record: The Wednesday morning victory tied the Walleye record for consecutive road wins at seven straight. Toledo dropped its first road contest of the year (4-1 in Atlanta on October 14). The previous record was set from December 14, 2014 through January 17, 2015 (seven straight). That team took a overtime loss in Greenville before running a record unbeaten in regulation streak to nine games.
Heeter bringing the heat: Goaltender Cal Heeter stopped all 23 shots he faced Wednesday morning and held Kalamazoo scoreless. The shutout was the fifth in the professional career for Heeter. He has also started this season with a 5-0-0 record. Heeter is the first goaltender in Walleye history to start a season with five straight wins.
Defense finds its groove: The Walleye starting the season with allowing 18 goals over the first five games of the season. However over the last five contests, Toledo has surrendered half that amount with only 5 goals against.
Second period monsters: Toledo leads the ECHL in goals scored in the second frame of a game with 19. The Walleye have outscored teams 19-9 so far this year in the middle period of a game.
First of only two between the Mallards and Walleye: Despite both being in the Central Division tonight and December 3rd are the lone contests between Toledo and Quad City this season. The two teams played just once last year with the Walleye squeaking out a 3-2 overtime win at the Huntington Center on January 31.
Mallards starting well: Quad City has opened the year with a 5-3-1 record good for 4th in the Central Division. The Mallards last game came Sunday at home when the Cincinnati Cyclones took a 3-2 shootout win from Quad City. Forward Justin Kovacs leads the Mallards in scoring with 12 points (4G, 8A) over the first nine games of the year.