March 11, 2016
by Matt Melzak
Road Warriors: Tonight's ends a four game run away from home for the Walleye. Toledo spent most of the first part of the season on road ice but has played just nine road contests since the calendar flipped to January 1st. For the season the road record stands at 15-10-2-2.
Getting an early lead: Toledo scored first in all three games this past week and has picked up the first goal in 32 of the 57 games played this year. When scoring first, the Walleye have a record of 25-5-2.
Bonus with Bonis: Forward Kyle Bonis returned to the Walleye this past Friday night ad promptly picked up right where he left off last year by scoring goals. He had a goal in both contests he appeared in this past weekend. Last season, Bonis set a new single season Walleye record for goals scored with 36.
Do shots matter: Perhaps shot are not that important as the Walleye have won 18 games this year when they have out shot a team and the have won 18 games when being out shot.
North Division Dominance: Toledo returns today back into the North Division where they have a record this year of 13-4-2. The Walleye owning a winning record against the other teams inside the North this season.
Continuing his rise among league leaders: Shane Berschbach leads the Walleye in scoring and ranks fourth in the ECHL with 58 points. However, he is only three points away from tying Trent Daavettila for second among all ECHL players.
Home team runs the show, so far: Toledo and Wheeling meet for the fifth time this season. In the first four meetings this season it has been whoever has had home ice that has come out victorious. The Nailers defeated the Walleye 6-2 in the lone game played this year in Wheeling on December 12. Toledo holds the edge in goal scoring 12-11 during the course of the season series.
Wheeling scorching also: Like Toledo, Wheeling enters play tonight winners of 8 of the past 10 contests to pull themselves into the conversation for a playoff berth. The Nailers are one point behind Reading and Elmira for the final two playoff spots. Toledo and Wheeling opened the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a seven game series that was won by the Walleye.