Game Day Preview: Toledo Walleye (40-13-2-1) vs Brampton Beast (32-17-3-4)

Suit up T-Town, because we have round two of Pink the Rink tonight as we look to cage the Beast! After last night’s 3-0 shutout against Kalamazoo your Toledo Walleye have clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, so let’s ride that momentum into the game this afternoon! Brampton has developed into one of the strongest teams in the league as the year progressed, and will be a serious threat to the Eastern conference in the playoffs. Though we wouldn’t play them unless both teams made the Kelly Cup Finals, tonight’s match up will be a good test of how we handle top tier teams. With just over a month left in the regular season, let’s extend our home winning streak to six games!

Toledo Walleye
League Standing: 2nd place at 40-13-2-1 and 83 points
Western Conference Standing: 2nd out of 14 teams
Central Division Standing: 1st out of 7 teams
Goals Scored Average: 4.18, with 234 goals scored ranked 2nd
Goals Against Average: 2.73, with 153 goals allowed ranking 1st
Power Play: 24.2%, percentage is ranked 2nd and has scored 57 Power Play goals
Penalty Kill: 85.6%, percentage is ranked 1st with 25 Power Play goals allowed

Brampton Beast
League Standing: 8th place at 32-17-3-4 and 71 points
Eastern Conference Standing: 3rd out of 13 teams
North Division Standing: 2nd out of 6 teams
Goals Scored Average: 3.64, with 204 goals scored tied for 8th
Goals Against Average: 3.46, with 194 goals allowed ranking 17th
Power Play: 19.3%, percentage is ranked 9th and has scored 39 Power Play goals
Penalty Kill: 85.2%, percentage is ranked 2nd with 36 Power Play goals allowed

Player Transactions

Toledo Walleye:

Defenseman Tim Campbell made his professional debut last night with the Toledo Walleye after signing a Standard Players Contract (SPC). Campbell joins the Walleye after playing five seasons of college hockey with the University of Lethbridge.

Brampton Beast:

The Beast have had five player transactions over the past eight days. On the 25th of February defenseman (D) Mackenzie Braid and goaltender Bryan Pitton were released from their SPCs, while Vincent Llorca (D) was signed to a SPC. His tenure was short lived however, as on March 3rd Llorca was released from his SPC, and forward Corey Durocher was signed to a SPC.

Toledo will have their work cut out for them tonight, as Brampton comes in with a day’s rest and looks to recover from a loss on Friday. After getting off to a great start last night with 3 goals in the first, Toledo’s performance against the Wings in the second and third periods was lack luster. We seemed to lose some of the urgency we had in the first period. Jake Paterson was the best player on the ice through those later two periods, earning his sixth shutout of the year and first star honors. The Walleye can’t allow themselves to let off the gas against Brampton, because they’ll be able to capitalize on opportunities better than Kalamazoo did. We can’t give the Beast as many Power Play chances as we did Kalamazoo last night, and our Power Play will have a harder time as well against the Beast PK. Toledo will have to exploit Brampton’s 5 on 5 play, as the Walleye are scoring more goals and giving up considerably less goals during even strength play than the Beast are. As long as we play disciplined hockey and stay after it, Toledo should have the advantage. Time to close out Pink the Rink with a Pink Sweep! Let’s Go Walleye!

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