In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye received goals from Tyler Barnes, Dylan Sadowy and Patrick McCarron and 23 stops on 24 shots from Pat Nagle as the Walleye defeated the Atlanta Gladiators 3-1.
The win was the Walleye’s 9th straight victory, as the Walleye’s website’s recap notes:
Nagle’s sixth straight win lifts Walleye over Gladiators
(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye defeated the Gladiators 3-1 on Friday night in Toledo in what gave Toledo fans a true Goaldigger experience. Pat Nagle stopped 23 of 24 shots and is now 24-4-2-1 on the season. The Walleye are 35-14-2-2 on the season and 21-4-0-0 at home.
Pat Nagle shined in the first period, stopping all 11 shots he faced. Tyler Barnes snuck his shot past the Gladiators goaltender, Dan Vladar, at 7:22 of the first period off of Shane Berschbach’s original shot.
Davis Vandane fired a pass to Tyler Barnes who in turn fed Dylan Sadowy for a one-time shot on the power play to put the Walleye up 2-0 at 3:41 of the second period.
The Gladiators wristed a shot from the blue line the cut the Walleye lead to 2-1 at 3:45 of the third period. Kyle Bonis would set up Patrick McCarron who slapped his shot past Vladar to give the Walleye a 3-1 lead at 15:58 of the third. “I’ve been paying attention to how the offense practices and tried to incorporate that into the game,” Patrick McCarron said on his eighth goal of the season.
“I’m real proud of how our guys have been playing at home,” said head coach, Dan Watson. The team is 21-4 at home and has won ten straight home games.
- The Walleye are home Saturday for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against Atlanta and Sunday for a 5:15 p.m. puck drop against Greenville.
- Pat Nagle stopped 23 of 24 shots and is now 24-4-2-1 on the season.
- The Walleye are in the midst of playing against the South division with four of our next five against Southern teams.
- Dylan Sadowy has four points vs. Atlanta this season and has five points in his past five games.
- Tyler Barnes has four points in four of his past five games
The Walleye also posted a highlight clip and post-game interviews with coach Dan Watson and defenseman Patrick McCarron:
The Toledo Walleye partied like it was 1979 on Friday night. Toledo defeated the Atlanta Gladiators 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 7,504 at the Huntington Center who packed the arena for the first game of the organization’s Hockey Heritage Weekend.
The Walleye players wore throwback jerseys honoring the Toledo Goaldiggers, the city’s old International Hockey League franchise that played from 1974-86.
Toledo forward Tyler Barnes scored the first goal and assisted on the second.
“It was a cool experience,” Barnes said. “It was awesome to see the fans get involved and I love the name.”
Dylan Sadowy scored a power-play goal in the second period that ended up as the game winner.
Patrick McCarron, a defenseman who played forward in this game, scored a crucial late goal that put the Walleye up by the final margin with 4:02 left.
“It’s every D-man’s dream to get a couple games at forward,” McCarron said. “I’m just glad I buried it. It was pretty funny. All the guys were laughing at me. Now I get to teach the forwards a little bit. It was fun out there.”
Elsewhere, in the Swedish Allsvenskan, Gustav Lindstrom played on the second defensive pairing in Almtuna IS’s 3-2 OT loss to IF Bjorkloven;
Malte Setkov didn’t play in IK Pantern’s 5-4 shootout loss to Troja;
In the OHL, Reilly Webb finished even with 2 shots in the Saginaw Spirit’s 4-1 loss to Erie;
Kaden Fulcher stopped 18 of 19 shots in the Hamilton Bulldogs’ 2-1 OT win over Kingston. Fulcher has posted a 28-15-and-3 record with the Bulldogs over the course of 48 games played, with a 2.85 goals-against average and .900 save percentage;
Givani Smith finished even with 2 shots in the Kitchener Rangers’ 3-2 OT win over Sudbury;
In the WHL, Michael Rasmussen had a goal and an assist, finishing at +2 with 4 shots and a 2-for-5 faceoff record in the Tri-City Americans’ 4-2 win over Kamloops;
Dennis Cholowski finished at +1 with 4 shots in the Portland Winterhawks’ 2-1 win over the Victoria Royals. Lane Zablocki finished at -1 with 2 shots and a 1-for-10 faceoff record;
In the USHL, Filip Larsson stopped all 32 shots he faced in the Tri-City Storm’s 1-0 win over Cedar Rapids;
In NCAA hockey, Chase Pearson finished even with 4 shots and an 11-for-26 faceoff record, and Patrick Holway had an assist, finishing at +1 with 4 shots in the University of Maine Black Bears’ 6-3 loss to Boston College;
Chase Perry served as the back-up in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers’ 4-2 loss to Cornell;
Keith Petruzzelli served as the back-up in the Quinnipiac Bobcats’ 3-2 OT win over St. Lawrence;
Jack Adams finished even with 1 shot in the Union College Dutchmen’s 1-1 tie with Cornell;
Kasper Kotkansalo finished even with 2 shots in the Boston University Terriers’ 2-0 win over Vermont;
And David Pope made a surprise appearance, finishing even with 4 shots in the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s 4-2 win over Colorado College.