In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye enjoyed a romp over the Quad City Mallards, winning 8-0. Mike Borkowski and Austen Brassard scored 2 goals apiece, and a boatload of players contributed to Pat Nagle’s 17-save shutout.
The Walleye’s website posted a recap:
First place Walleye blank Mallards
(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye shut out the Mallards 8-0 on Friday night in Toledo. Mike Borkowski and Austen Brassard each scored twice, and Pat Nagle stopped all 17 shots faced to improve to 29-4-3-1 on the season. The win gave Nagle his third shutout of the season. The Walleye are 41-14-3-2 on the season and 25-4-1-0 at home.
Shane Berschbach sent a pass across to Mike Borkowski who then snuck the puck behind Mallards goaltender, Eric Hartzell, on the power play to make it 1-0 Walleye at 9:55 of the first period. Zach Nastasiuk would fire his shot past Hartzell for a 2-0 lead at 17:11 of the frame.
Borkowski scored his second of the game at 3:06 of the second period to make it 3-0. Austen Brassard found the back of the net just 30 seconds later to improve the Walleye lead 4-0. Brassard’s slap shot that made it past Hartzell at 9:51 extended the lead to 5-0.
In the third period, Colin Jacobs found the back of the net at 2:28 on a rebound to make it 6-0. Kyle Bonis jumped in on the fun by making it 7-0 at 4:21 of the third. AJ Jenks sent a pass back towards Berschbach, who went top-shelf at 15:57 to give the final score of 8-0.
Head coach Dan Watson said the game was impressive for his team. “Despite a slow start, once we got going, we stuck to our systems and details and dominated through the rest of the game.”
- The Walleye are home on Saturday for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against Quad City and Sunday for a 5:15 p.m. puck drop against Indy.
- Nagle stopped all 17 shots faced and is now 29-4-3-1 on the season. He is 11-0-2 in his past 13 games. The shutout was good for Nagle’s third shutout of the season.
- Simon Denis is on a seven-game point streak with 11 points (1G, 10A).
- Shane Berschbach has 11 points in eight of his last nine games.
- The eight goals scored tonight was a season-high for the Walleye.
- Tonight was our 189th win combined over the last four years, which is an ECHL record.
The Walleye also posted a highlight clip…
Elsewhere, in the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo had 2 shots and won 33% of his faceoffs in 10:30 of ice time during Jukurit’s 2-1 OT win over SaiPa;
In the OHL, Reilly Webb finished at +1 with 3 shots and Brady Gilmour did not play in the Saginaw Spirit’s 3-0 win over Guelph;
Jordan Sambrook had an assist and finished at +1 on 2 shots as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds won 4-3 over the Kitchener Rangers. Givani Smith didn’t play for Kitchener;
In the WHL, Michael Rasmussen had 2 assists, finishing at +2 in the Tri-City Americans’ 6-2 win over Vancouver;
Lane Zablocki had an assist, finishing at +1 with 1 shot in the Victoria Royals’ 4-3 OT win over Prince George;
In NCAA hockey, in playoff action, Jack Adams didn’t play in the Union College Dutchmen’s 5-3 loss to Princeton.
Princeton took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinal series;
Cornell took a 1-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinal series;
Boston University took a 1-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-3 Hockey East quarterfinal;
Providence took a 1-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-3 Hockey East quarterfinal;
UND took a 1-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-3 NCHC first-round series.
FYI: Pope was also named a finalist for the NCHC hockey conference’s Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Three Star awards.