February 10, 2018
Walleye fight back Mavericks for seventh straight victory
(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye shut out the Mavericks 5-0 in front of a sold-out crowd on Saturday night in Toledo. The game also included 125 total penalty minutes due to a couple of late third period full-line brawls, after Connor Crisp scored his hat trick. The Walleye are 32-12-2-2 on the season and 19-4-0 at home.
Connor Crisp scored a beautiful goal with assists from Borkowski and Sadowy at 18:57 of the first period to put the Walleye up 1-0.
Crisp scored his second of the game poking Ryan Obuchowski’s shot in the net to extend the Walleye lead to 2-0 at 8:35 of the second period. Simon Denis extended the Walleye lead to 3-0 with a power play goal at 17:48 of the second.
Crisp completed his hat trick at 11:56 of the third period to make it a 4-0 Walleye lead. Nagle came in to replace Machovsky at the 12:14 mark of the third after A.J. Jenks was cross-checked multiple times by KC forward Garrett Klotz which led to a full-on ice line brawl. Connor Crisp came in to start the fight which ensued for the next several minutes. Mavericks goaltender Mason MacDonald jumped into the fray which led to Matej Machovsky coming down the ice for a rare on-ice goaltender fight. That led to multiple ejections on both sides including both goaltenders.
Kyle Bonis made it 5-0 Walleye with a power play goal at 19:22 of the third. Mayhem broke out a second time when after the face-off and with just 30 seconds left in the game, Mavericks forward Eric Freschi crosschecked Parker Reno in the head.
"The altercations that occurred were very unfortunate. There are right ways to do things and wrong ways, certainly, Kansas City players and coaching staff chose to act in an unprofessional manner. This is a great opportunity for the ECHL to send a message to the rest of the league that engaging and using your equipment on players who are defenseless will not be tolerated. I expect severe consequences to players and coaching staff," said Dan Watson, Toledo Walleye head coach. "With that said, I am very proud of how we stuck up for each other. Our team toughness is second to none, which is one reason why we are successful. Our players are a true team and family."
Toledo Walleye General Manager and Executive Vice President Neil Neukam called the situation appalling. "We take the safety of all the players on the ice very seriously. This behavior has no place in our game."
- The Walleye are home Sunday for a 5:15 p.m. puck drop against Wichita.
- Machovsky stopped 22 shots and is now 11-7-0-1 on the season.
- Connor Crisp leads the Walleye with eight points vs. Kansas City.
- The Walleye are 6-2-0 all-time vs. Kansas City.
- Tonight's crowd of 8,000 marked our 17th sellout of the season.