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by George Malik on 03/03/14 at 03:43 AM ET
In Red Wings prospect news...This is a short entry, but I'm trying to keep prospect news separate from big-club news.
In the ECHL...Hoo boy. The Toledo Walleye are now 0-and-2 under interim coach Dan Watson after dropping a 5-2 decision to the Greenville Road Warriors. Jared Coreau sat this one out, so he didn't have the opportunity to try to win his second professional game; the defensive pair of Max Nicastro and Richard Nedomlel finished at -1, with Nedomlel taking eight minutes in penalties, and those of you who remember 6'9" defenseman Ildar Telyakov from the Red Wings' summer prospect camp might want to note that Ildar is now playing for the Walleye.
The Walleye's website recounted the game's events...
Toledo scored two goals in less than a minute but Greenville pulled away late to hand the Walleye a 5-2 loss on Sunday night at the Huntington Center. Toledo has an overall record of 16-33-3-1 and is 9-16-0-0 at home.
For the second straight night the Road Warriors would strike first as Lindsay Sparks deflected a blue line shot past Walleye goaltender Mac Carruth at 13:15 of the first period.
“We really let the game get away from us in the second period,” said Head Coach Dan Watson. “I loved how hard we fought to get back but the mistakes of the second period haunted us tonight.”
Greenville would collect a pair of goals in the second period from Jordie Johnston and Andrew Rowe to open up a 3-0 lead on the Walleye.
Toledo would start the comeback at 8:46 of the third period when Brett Perlini scored his first goal in a Walleye uniform. Just 54 seconds later, Aaron Clark deflected a Joe Gleason shot past Greenville goaltender Jeff Malcolm for his 17th goal this year. Josh Nicholls would answer for the Road Warriors at 12:54. Greenville would cap the scoring when Scott Arnold scored at 18:56 of the period.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Mac Carruth made 33 saves on 38 shots in net for Toledo. Carruth has a record 8-15-0-0 on the season. Toledo is winless in ten consecutive games (0-9-0-1). Walleye finished season series 1-3-0 vs. Greenville.
And the Toledo Blade filed a staff recap:
We knew coming into the third we needed a push in the first five minutes and the energy really cranked up there,” Watson said. “If we play like that to start the game we will see better results.”
It was the second game behind the bench for Watson. The former Walleye assistant took over for Nick Vitucci when he resigned Tuesday. Watson said his team played with good energy but had too many giveaways — a season-long problem.
'“It's been a good transition,” [Toledo forward Brett] Perlini said. “Dan is coming in with energy and passion. We can feed off that as players. He wants us to play hard and get to the next level. So it's been positive.”
Toledo has not won a game since Feb. 7 at Cincinnati. The Walleye host South Carolina on Wednesday.
The Walleye's YouTube channel also posted a highlight clip:
News is much better elsewhere. In major junior hockey, in the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha had two assists in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 5-4 OT win over Quebec, and Mantha was named one of the QMJHL's "Three Stars" for the month of February:
Philippe Desrosiers, Marcus Power and Anthony Mantha were named today the TELUS three stars for the month of February.
Anthony Mantha gets the second star of the month. In 10 games, he scored 10 goals and added as many assists, maintaining a +/- of +10. During the same period, his team won 9 out of a possible 10 games. Mantha threatened opposing goaltenders with a total of 44 shots, an average of more than 4 per game. He registered 2 points or more in 7 games, including a game on February 9 when he scored 2 goals and added 3 assists against Chicoutimi in a 12-3 win. He twice scored the winning goals, in addition to reaching the 50 goal plateau on February 21st against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He ranks first among leading scorers in the League with 108 points.
Make it 52 goals, 58 assists and 110 points over the course of 52 games played...
And Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk, who recently returned from an "upper-body injury," scored a hat trick--including the OT game-winner--and added an assist as Owen Sound defeated Ottawa 7-6 in overtime. Nastasiuk's posited a solid 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points registered over the course of 56 games played for the Attack.
Quoting the Owen Sound Sun Times' Bill Walker:
A young Owen Sound Attack squad learned a valuable lesson Sunday and luckily for them it came without a cost. Up 4-0 on Ottawa just 23 minutes into their game, the Ontario Hockey League squad lifted their feet off the proverbial gas pedal and watched as the 67's scored six of the next eight goals to tie the game and send it to overtime.
But Attack captain Zach Natasiuk made sure that the lesson about intensity and focus wasn't costly by scoring his third goal of the game just 33 seconds into overtime to lift his squad to a 7-6 win in a hair-pulling game for the coaches, but a wildly entertaining one for the fans.
"I've still got some (hair) left," Attack coach Greg Ireland joked on Sunday. "I thought for about half the game we were really good but we've got to learn to put our foot on the gas and not let teams up. We talked about learning from the lesson and the situation and not repeating it. It's a valuable lesson if you learn from it and don't repeat it."
Owen Sound was up 3-0 after 20 minutes and by four just 23 minutes into the game before the ice seemingly tilted the other way.
"I was just thinking that I wanted to win it for our team and I just went out and tried to make a play," Nastasiuk said of his overtime winner. A win's a win and we got it. They fought hard and came back and they made it closer than we'd like."
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