Sunday/Monday prospect round-up: Walleye beat Cyclones; Zablocki stars for Royals

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye received 2 goals from Shane Berschbach, 3 assists from Kyle Bonis and 28 saves from Matej Machovsky in the Walleye’s 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Walleye’s website posted a recap:

Walleye offense explodes in victory over Cyclones

(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye defeated the Cyclones 6-2 on Sunday evening in Toledo. Matej Machovsky stopped 28 of 30 shots and improves to 9-7-0-1 on the season. The Walleye are 28-12-2-2 on the season and 17-4-0 at home.

Kyle Bonis opened the scoring with a power play goal at 7:02 of the first period to give the Walleye a 1-0 lead.

Patrick McCarron gave the Walleye a 2-0 lead with a goal at 7:26 of the second period. The Walleye would extend their lead to 3-0 with a goal by Ryan Obuchowski at 10:16 of the second. Cincinnati would cut the Walleye lead to 3-1 with a power play goal at 11:43 of the second.

Austen Brassard gave the Walleye a 4-1 lead with a goal at 1:25 of the third period. Shane Berschbach made it a 5-1 Walleye lead at 4:11 of the third. The Cyclones cut the Walleye lead to 5-2 with a power play goal at 13:09 of the third. Berschbach scored his second of the game at 13:40 of the third to make it a 6-2 Walleye lead.

Fish Tales:

  • The Walleye travel to Indy on Saturday for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop against the Fuel. The team returns home on February 9th for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against Kansas City.

  • Machovsky stopped 28 of 30 shots and improves to 9-7-0-1 on the season.

  • Ryan Obuchowski has five points in his past four games.

  • Shane Berschbach leads the Walleye with six points vs. Cincinnati.

  • Tonight’s victory put Coach Watson 50 games over .500, with a record of 79-29-8 all-time.

The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe also reports that the Walleye have signed veteran forward Mike Embach to bolster their lineup:

“I’ve always loved the way they played,” Embach said after Toledo’s 6-2 win Sunday against Cincinnati. “It’s a tough team to play against. So I’m going to enjoy playing with them.

“They are the team that has ended my season. So for me, it was getting into a situation that gave me the best chance to win a championship. This organization is top notch with the way that it is run.”

Embach, 30, collected 51 points in 61 games for the Komets last season. He scored 18 goals to go along with 33 assists.

Elsewhere, at the AHL All-Star Skills Competition, the Eastern Conference won the skills comp 18 to 12, and you can read the results of the skills competition here on

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Gustav Lindstrom played on the second defensive pairing in Almtuna IS’s 4-1 win over IK Pantern. Malte Setkov didn’t play for Pantern…

In the Swedish J20 league, Alfons Malmstrom played on the first defensive pair as HV71 lost 7-0 to Skelleftea AIK;

In the Swiss National League, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos’ 2-1 win over ZSC Lions;

In the OHL, Cole Fraser finished “even” and Zach Gallant had 3 shots and an 11-for-13 faceoff record as the Peterborough Petes lost 2-0 to Kingston;

Jordan Sambrook finished at +2 with 2 shots in the Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds’ 5-2 win over the Saginaw Spirit. Reilly Webb finished at -1 with 3 shots for Saginaw, who are absent Brady Gilmour;

Kaden Fulcher stopped 21 of 24 shots in the Hamilton Bulldogs’ 4-2 loss to Sarnia;

In the WHL, Dennis Cholowski finished at +2 with 2 shots in the Portland Winterhawks’ 4-2 win over Kamloops;

Michael Rasmussen finished at -1 with 3 shots and a 9-for-17 faceoff record as his Tri-City Americans won 3-2 over Seattle;

Lane Zablocki had a goal and an assist, finishing at +3 with 4 shots, as his Victoria Royals won 7-3 over Calgary. Zablocki was named the game’s first star, and he spoke with the Victoria Times-Colonist’s Cleve Dheensaw after the game:

“We have a strong top-six in forwards . . . actually a strong top-12,” said Zablocki, named first star of the game Sunday, after Kaspick was first star on Saturday.

“We’ve got guys who can put the puck in the net.”

Zablocki’s goal was his first in seven games with the Royals. But there’s more to his game than accounting for points. Zablocki has brought an element of grit and toughness that had previously been lacking on the Royals roster.

“I bring a physical edge to my game and am always getting under the opposition players’ skins,” said the third-round 2017 NHL draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings.

Zablocki, among eight players Royals GM Cam Hope has added through trades for the stretch run to the playoffs, said the assimilation process has been rapid and successful: “It all starts in the room. There are no groups on this team. Everyone has become close and everyone is jelling. That shows on the ice.”

And today, in the SHL, Christoffer Ehn had 2 shots and won 55% of his faceoffs in 15:05 played during the Frolunda Indians’ 1-0 win over Djurgardens IF.

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