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Prospect news: Walleye lose in OT to Eagles in Game 3 of Conference Final, held to 12 shots

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye received a goal and an assist from Matt Caito, goals from Tylor Spink and Kyle Bonis as the Walleye lost 4-3 in overtime to the Colorado Eagles.

Colorado held Toledo to only 12 shots, and the Eagles now lead the ECHL Conference Final series 2 games to 1.

The Walleye's website posted a recap...

Walleye force OT but Eagles take Game 3

May 18, 2017

(Loveland, CO) Matt Caito scored a power play goal in the third period to send the game to overtime but Colorado takes game three 4-3 in overtime. The Walleye trail the best of seven series two games to one with the fourth game coming Friday night in Colorado.

The game started with a bang as Colorado struck off of a deflection just 14 seconds into the first period of play. Toledo would also score on their first shot of the game at 11:08 of the period when Kyle Bonis (10th) deflected a shot past Lukas Hafner to tie the game at one.

Tyson Spink sent in his brother Tylor Spink (4th) who flipped a backhanded shot in for a 2-1 lead at 14:36. Alex Belzile scored on a rebound for his league-leading 13th playoff goal at 17:23 for a tie game after the first. Following all of the scoring that the first period bought, neither team would find the back of the net in the second period. Colorado found the back with a blue line wrist shot to take a 3-2 lead at 3:31 of the third.

For a third straight game the Walleye power play found the back of the net when Matt Caito blasted in the tying goal at 12:00 of the third period. In the overtime, Colorado would take the game when Julien Nantel slipped a shot past Lerg just 1:20 into the extra session. Lerg finished with 27 saves on 31 shots while the Walleye were held to a season low in shots with just 12 on goal.

As did the Eagles' website:

Nantel Delivers OT Game-Winner in 4-3 Win over Walleye

LOVELAND, CO. – Eagles forward Julien Nantel scored the game-winning goal just 1:20 into overtime, as Colorado defeated the Toledo Walleye 4-3 in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday. The victory now gives the Eagles a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game Four set for Friday night at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. Colorado turned in a stingy defensive effort, holding Toledo to a playoff-low 12 shots in the contest. Forward Alex Belzile collected a goal and an assist in the victory.

Colorado would barge its way out to an early lead just 14 seconds into the contest when forward Shawn St-Amant deflected a shot from the point into the back of the net to give the Eagles the early 1-0 advantage.

The Walleye would level the score when forward Kyle Bonis tipped a slapshot from the blueline, beating Colorado goaltender Lukas Hafner to tie the game at 1-1 at the 11:08 mark of the first period. Just minutes later, Toledo would claim its first lead of the night when forward Tylor Spink sliced through the low slot and lifted a backhander into the net to put the Walleye up 2-1 with 5:24 remaining in the opening frame.

The Eagles would scratch their way back to even the score at 2-2 when Belzile collected a rebound on top of the crease and bashed it past Toledo goalie Jeff Lerg with only 2:37 left in the first period of play. The tally now gives Belzile at least one goal in 10 of his last 11 contests.

After a scoreless second period that saw Colorado outshoot Toledo 10-3, the Eagles would jump on top early in the third period, as defenseman Sergei Boikov launched a shot from the blueline that deflected off of a Walleye defenseman and into the back of the net. The goal was Boikov’s first of the postseason and put Colorado on top 3-2 with just 3:31 gone in the final frame.

The Walleye would strike back on the power play when defenseman Matt Caito unfurled a slapshot from the left circle that would beat Hafner and knotted the game at 3-3 with 8:00 to play in regulation.

With 60 minutes unable to decide a winner, the two teams headed to overtime where Nantel would bury a wrister from between the circles to give Colorado the 4-3 victory just 1:20 into the extra session.

Colorado finished the night going 0-for-3 on the power play, while Toledo converted on one of its four opportunities on the man-advantage.

The Eagles return to action when they face the Toledo Walleye in Game Four of the ECHL Western Conference Finals on Friday, May 19th at 7:05pm MT at the Budweiser Events Center.

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Primis's avatar

Now Toledo should be worried.

Colorado is showing that knocking off high-powered Allen was no accident.

Posted by Primis on 05/18/17 at 05:58 PM ET

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