Toledo Walleye match recaps from ECHL 2022 Qualifiers
This is the Toledo Walleye’s first chance to make the ECHL playoffs since nearly winning the Kelly Cup in 2019.
TOLEDO, Ohio — The Toledo Walleye are picking up where they left off the last time they played in an uncut ECHL season.
After coming so close to winning the Kelly Cup as the league’s top team in the 2019 Finals, the walleye missed opportunities to try again after COVID-19 cut short the 2019-20 season and that the walleye chose not to play last year.
The fish are back.
The walleye finished the season with the league’s best record, earning him the Brabham Cup and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
And as wonderful as that is, everyone knows the real prize comes from winning the playoffs, something the walleye has yet to do in franchise history.
Round 1 – vs. Cincinnati Cyclones
The Huntington Center was absolutely abuzz on Friday night as playoff hockey returned to downtown Toledo.
It didn’t even take the cleanup team 5 minutes to pick up a real walleye, thrown from the stands after John Albert scored his first of three goals on the night.
It wasn’t an easy win for the walleye as the Cyclones battled the Fish to a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation.
And in a clear indication that both teams are playing hard to win in the first round of the playoffs, it took 14 minutes and 55 seconds before Albert bounced the puck off the net post, the back of the goalie from the Cyclone and into the net. , picking up the win and his second hat trick of the season.
After the match, Albert spoke about the importance of the fans in helping the team to victory.
“I want to thank the fans. Just a great energy in the building. It’s nice to be at home. They feed us, they take us forward and obviously in overtime we got the win.”
Game 2 will take place on Saturday April 23 in Toledo.