Monroe: Walleye, Fulcher on a roll

The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe reports that this year’s Toledo Walleye team is off to a superb start…

The Walleye have a 5-2-0 record and they lead the ECHL in scoring with 35 goals in seven games (5.00 per contest). The defense is allowing just 2.57 goals per game, which is fourth-best in the ECHL.

Aside from veteran forward T.J. Hensick — who is off to a torrid start after he contemplated retirement — no other player on the roster had appeared in more than 50 games for the Walleye.

“I like where this team is at already,” Walleye coach Dan Watson said. “It’s a close group, and good character guys.”

The Walleye, who will play three games in three days this weekend, host Wheeling on Friday night and Indy on Sunday at the Huntington Center,

Toledo has the second-most points (10) in the ECHL. After dropping their first game of the season, the Walleye reeled off five wins, including a 6-0 waxing of Kalamazoo on Saturday in the home opener. They opened the season with five straight road games, and went 4-1-0 before losing 5-2 to Fort Wayne at home on Sunday.

And goaltender and Red Wings prospect Kaden Fulcher has been excellent thus far:

Toledo goaltender Kaden Fulcher (3-1-0) has the sixth-best goals-against average (1.51) and a .939 save percentage. Fulcher had 22 saves to earn the shutout against Kalamazoo.

“We’re rolling pretty well and we’ll keep the foot on the pedal,” Fulcher said. “It’s a nice feeling to see a lot of guys get on the score sheet.”


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