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SERIES PREVIEW: Toledo vs. Tulsa in the Conference Finals

Tuesday, May 7th
SERIES PREVIEW: Toledo vs. Tulsa in the Conference Finals

The Toledo Walleye advanced to the Kelly Cup Western Conference Finals for the third time in five seasons and will take on the Tulsa Oilers in a 2-3-1-1 series format. Toledo went 1-1 against Tulsa in the regular season, with the Oilers outscoring the Walleye by a 9-8 margin. For tickets to the Western Conference Finals, call the Walleye box office at 419-725-9255 or click the links below. Click HERE for all the info on the Walleye postseason run.

EVERY GAME MATTERS | Conference Finals: Best-of-Seven Series

  • Game 1: Friday, May 10 at 7:35 p.m. at Toledo | BUY TICKETS
  • Game 2: Sunday, May 12 at 5:15 p.m. at Toledo | BUY TICKETS
  • Game 3: Wednesday, May 15 at 8:05 p.m. at Tulsa | WATCH PARTY | BCSN
  • Game 4: Friday, May 17 at 8:05 p.m. at Tulsa | WATCH PARTY | BCSN
  • Game 5: Saturday, May 18 at 8:05 p.m. at Tulsa | WATCH PARTY | BCSN
  • Game 6: Monday, May 20 at 7:35 p.m. at Toledo | BUY TICKETS
  • Game 7: Wednesday, May 22 at 8:05 p.m. at Tulsa | WATCH PARTY TBD | BCSN

CONFERENCE FINALS BREAKDOWN | TOLEDO VS. TULSA

TOLEDO WALLEYE: 40-23-6-3 (Second place in ECHL Central Division)

  • Leading Scorer: Shane Berschbach (20 goals, 43 assists, 63 points)
  • Leading Goaltender: Pat Nagle (22 wins, 2.81 GAA, .910 Save %)
  • Playoffs Leading Scorer: Greg Wolfe (6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points)
  • Playoffs Leading Goaltender: Pay Nagle (8 wins, 1.68 GAA, .941 Save %)
  • Playoffs Power Play: 28.9 % (2nd in ECHL)
  • Playoffs Penalty Kill: 81.3 % (8th in ECHL)

TULSA OILERS: 42-24-4-2 (First place in ECHL Mountain Division)

  • Leading Scorer: Adam Pleskach (38 goals, 37 assists, 75 points)
  • Leading Goaltender: Devin Williams (20 wins, 2.12 GAA, .916 Save %)
  • Playoffs Leading Scorer: Alex Dostie, Stephen Perfetto, both with 19 points
  • Playoffs Leading Goaltender: Devin Williams (8 wins, 2.45 GAA, .920 Save %)
  • Playoffs Power Play: 23.0 % (4th in ECHL)
  • Playoffs Penalty Kill: 82.2 % (6th in ECHL)

WALLEYE NOTES

Conference Series Bound: Toledo has advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the third time in Walleye history thanks to a four games to one series win over the Brabham Cup Champion Cincinnati Cyclones. After the Cyclones took game two in Toledo, the Walleye rebounded to win three straight in the series to close out the Cyclones. This is the second time the Walleye will appear in the Western Conference Finals as they lost four games to one to Colorado in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Toledo made its first Conference Finals appearance as the Walleye in 2015 when the team lost in game seven to South Carolina in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Cincinnati Series: Toledo held the regular season’s highest scoring team (3.92 goals scored per game) in check by allowing just 10 goals in the five games. Over the final three games of the series, Toledo’s penalty kill was at its finest, allowing just one goal in 14 opportunities. Toledo outscored Cincinnati 15-10 in the series.

Goaltending Rules: Pat Nagle has been downright brilliant in the postseason with an 8-2-1 record, a 1.68 goals against average and .941 save percentage. In the Cincinnati series he posted a .936 save percentage with a 2.00 goals against average. Nagle is currently second among all goaltenders in goal against average and he is tied with Devin Williams of Tulsa with eight playoff wins. The 31-year-old has an all-time record of 36-15-6 in his playoff career with a 2.25GAA and a .919SVP.

Becoming a regular thing: Toledo saw 7,482 at the Huntington Center for Friday’s game four vs. Cincinnati, the fourth sellout of the playoffs at the Huntington Center. Toledo leads the ECHL in total playoff attendance, with 41,161 fans attending the six home playoff games, an average of 6,860. In Walleye playoff history, the Huntington Center has been sold out 12 times.

Put it on the Board: Forward Greg Wolfe has made his goals count in the playoffs with four of the six he has scored going in as game-winners. Wolfe currently leads Toledo in playoff scoring with 12 points (6G, 6A).

Tulsa is up next: The Oilers took down Idaho in six games to advance the Western Conference Finals. The two teams played each other twice during the regular season with each team winning once as Toledo won 6-4 on December 7 and Tulsa won 5-2 on February 1. Both games were played in Toledo as the Walleye have never played a game in Tulsa. Toledo went 6-4-2 during the regular season against the Mountain Division.

Top Line Power: The Tulsa Oilers feature the three top scorers in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with Alex Dostie (11G, 8A) and Stephen Perfetto (6G, 13A) both at 19 points while Adam Pleskach (10G, 6A) is third in league scoring at 16 points. Those three have accounted for 54 of the team’s 106 points collected in the playoffs.

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