In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye rallied from a 2-0 deficit against the Quad City Mallards on goals from Austen Brassard and A.J. Jenks…But the Mallards rallied with a 2-goal 3rd period, building a 4-2 deficit that the Walleye couldn’t quite squeeze, ultimately losing 4-3.
Erik Bradford had a goal and 2 assists for Toledo, and Matej Machovsky stopped 25 of 29 shots. The Walleye’s website posted a recap:
Walleye comeback falls just short against Mallards
(Moline, IL) – The Walleye fell to the Mallards 4-3 on Sunday evening in Quad City. Erik Bradford picked up three points and Matej Machovsky stopped 25 of 29 shots and is now 11-9-0-1 on the season. The Walleye are 34-14-2-2 on the season and 14-10-2-2 on the road.
Quad City found the back of the net at 5:23 of the first period to take an early 1-0 lead. The Mallards tipped a shot from the blue line past Machovsky to take a 2-0 lead at 9:49 of the first.
The rebound game came into play to get the Walleye on the board in the second period. At 13:39, Austen Brassard slammed his seventh goal of the season, pouncing on a rebound from the Kevin Gibson shot to cut the Mallards lead to 2-1. Toledo’s power play tied the game 2-2 at 15:33 when Erik Bradford’s shot was stopped by Quad City goaltender CJ Motte, but AJ Jenks would get the puck past Motte.
Quad City regained the lead to make it 3-2 at 1:18 of the third period. The Mallards would extend their lead to 4-2 at 5:13 of the third. A great pass from Davis Vandane would set up Bradford with a one-timer to beat Motte and pull the Walleye within a goal. A furious finish was not enough to get the tie for the Walleye.
The Walleye are home next weekend with 7:15 p.m. puck drops against Atlanta on Friday and Saturday and a 5:15 p.m. puck drop against Greenville on Sunday.
Matej Machovsky stopped 25 of 29 shots and is now 11-9-0-1 on the season.
Since January 1st, the Walleye have posted a 14-5-1 record.
Elsewhere, in the Swiss NLA, Joren van Pottelberghe gave up 6 goals as HC Davos lost 6-2 to HC Trinec in an exhibition game;
And in the OHL, Givani Smith scored a goal on 9 shots as his Kitchener Rangers lost 6-1 to Kingston.