Walleye shut out Thunder for eighth straight victory
(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye shut out the Thunder 1-0 on Sunday evening in Toledo. Pat Nagle stopped all 29 shots faced to improve to 22-4-2-1 on the season. The Walleye are 33-12-2-2 on the season and 20-4-0-0 at home.
The Walleye outshot Witcha 13-4 in the first period. Though they had good chances, Shane Starrett stopped all 13 Walleye shots. Pat Nagle shined in the second period, turning aside all 19 Wichita shots. “With the boys helping me out, I was able to stay in this game,” said Nagle.
AJ Jenks set up Dylan Sadowy with a perfect pass to get the Walleye on the board.
“If you act good defensively, get the puck, you’re now on the offense. Our guys love to have the puck,” said head coach, Dan Watson. “If you don’t have the puck, the five guys need to work together to get it.”
The Walleye are in Brampton on Tuesday for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against the Beast. The team returns home on February 23rd for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against Atlanta.
Nagle stopped all 29 shots faced for his second shutout of the season. He’s now 22-4-2-1 on the season.
Dylan Sadowy has points in four straight games.
The Walleye’s website also posted a highlight clip…
Walleye F Connor Crisp, who tallied a hat trick on Saturday night, missed the game due to a lower-body injury. Crisp suffered the injury during Saturday’s full-line fight with Kansas City.
Crisp, who had two other hat tricks in juniors, now has 27 points (15 G, 12 A) in 40 games. He also will miss Tuesday’s game.
Walleye G Matej Machovsky, a rookie from the Czech Republic, made 22 stops on 22 shots on Saturday. But he was not credited with the shutout. Veteran Pat Nagle, who replaced Machovsky late in regulation, will share the his teammate. Nagle did not face a shot in the game.
Machovsky did lower his ECHL-leading goals-against average down to 1.91. He also ranks second in the league in save percentage (.933).
Machovsky accumulated 17 total penalty minutes on Saturday night – the most for any Walleye player in a game this season.
Elsewhere, in the Swedish J20 league, Alfons Malmstrom played on the 3rd defensive pairing in HV71 Jonkoping’s 5-2 win over Djurgardens IF;
In the OHL, Kaden Fulcher stopped 29 of 31 shots as the Hamilton Bulldogs won 5-2 over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Jordan Sambrook had an assist and 2 shots, finishing at -1;
Zach Gallant had 3 shots and won 10 of 21 faceoffs as the Peterborough Petes lost 7-5 to Oshawa;
And in the WHL, Dennis Cholowski had 2 assists, finishing at +2 in the Portland Winterhawks’ 5-3 win over Seattle.