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by George Malik on 11/27/13 at 11:39 PM ET
Updated 3x at 2:48 AM on Thursday: In Detroit, all went well for the Red Wings, who defeated Boston 61, but the Wings' ECHL affiliate, the Toledo Walleye, were absolutely routed as well, dropping a 7-0 decision to the South Carolina Stingrays..
In which Jared Coreau gave up 4 goals on 21 shots and Hannu Toivonen gave up 3 on 10, Martin Frk finished at -3, Trevor Parkes finished at -2 despite taking 5 of the Walleye's 30 shots, Louis-Marc Aubry finished at -2 with 4 shots, Nick Jensen finished at -2 with 2 shots, and Max Nicastro and Marek Tvrdon finished at -1 with 1 shot apiece...
And the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that Walleye coach Nick Vitucci chose to send one hell of a message after the game (and the Walleye host South Carolina on Friday as well). Please note the timestamp on Monroe's Tweets:
South Carolina used a four goal third period to pull away from Toledo 7-0 Wednesday night at the Huntington Center. Toledo has an overall record of 5-7-2-0 and is 3-3-0-0 at home this season.
The Stingrays would collect a 1-0 lead at 3:03 of the first period when Andrew Cherniwchan beat Jared Coreau with a wrist shot.
“We were awful, just awful tonight,” said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. “I didn’t like our effort at all; we had no energy and were just lifeless.”
South Carolina would score an early goal in the second period as well at 1:59 when Jeremy Price tucked a in a rebound. South Carolina would lead 3-0 after 40 minutes when Jordan Owens scored on a breakaway with 23 seconds left.
Toledo would trail 5-0 after two goals were scored in the first 2:06 of the third period. Following the fourth goal by South Carolina, goaltender Hannu Toivonen came on to replace the starter Jared Coreau.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Jared Coreau made 17 saves on 21 shots in net for Toledo. Coreau has a record of 1-4-2-0 on the season. Toivonen stopped 7 of the 10 shots he faced in the game.
And the Walleye did post a slate of lowlights, as it were:
Update #2: Here's more from the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:
After the two hour and 15 minute game, Vitucci was blunt about the assessment of his club and then immediately put his own skates on to drill his team in three, 20-minute sessions.
“There was no effort,” Vitucci said. “We have to look long and hard at this hockey club right now. They failed to play tonight any part of 60 minutes so we're going back out there right now.”
In a move reminiscent of gruff coach Teddy Garvin and the days of the Goaldiggers, Vitucci had his players skate from end to end of the rink, in telling silence.
“I've never had to do this,” Vitucci said. “Any one of a dozen people we could pull out of this lineup after tonight's game and not even have to think hard about it. The challenge is to figure out which ones to pull out because half of them were terrible.”
The only bright spot was a late fight between Toledo's Stephon Thorne (6-0 and 180) and Anthony Collins (6-4, 215) with 7:02 left. Thorne fought a player much bigger than himself for the second straight game.
“You still have your handful of guys who keep grinding led by Stephon Thorne,” Vitucci said. “Here's a guy that I have as a 10th forward many nights because of the talent that may be in this locker room. It's embarrassing to have to ask him to take a shift off because I'm playing other guys and that's the effort we get out of them.”
Update #3: Ouch:
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