The Stingrays left for their annual Thanksgiving weekend road trip, earlier in the week, without goalie Adam Morrison or forward Igor Gongalsky.
Jack Downing, who had Sunday against Greenville, looked solid in his return to the ice against the Road Warriors over the weekend and appears to have no lingering effects from an upper body injury that kept him out of the lineup for several weeks.
Rays HC Spencer Carbery said the team has signed a “big name” goalie to replace Morrison on the lineup for the time being. Not sure exactly what the time table is for Morrison’s return. The goalie in question will be named Wednesday.
Looking at the Walleye it’s hard to figure out why they are not winning more game and have one of the worst records in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference. Statistically speaking, they are not a bad team.
They are among the league leaders in goals for (3.23, 6th) and on the power play (20.0%, 3rd). However, the Walleye are near the bottom of the league in goals against (3.38, 20th) and a major reason is the departure of goalie Mac Carruth (7th round, 2010 NHL Draft), a Chicago Blackhawks draft pick. Carruth, who was called up to Rockford in the AHL, hasn’t played since the middle of November and the Walleye are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.
But help appears to be on the way as the Walleye signed former NHL goalie Hannu Toivonen. Toivonen, a native of Finland, played in 61 games with the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues from 2005-08.
Here’s a story from the Toledo Blade on Toivonen.
The Stingrays face Toledo Wednesday and Friday before traveling to Kalamazoo for a game on Saturday night.
Scouting the Walleye
Head Coach: Nick Vitucci (8th season) 559-279-49.
Record: 5-6-2, 12 points (5th North Division)
AHL Affiliation: Grand Rapids Griffins; Rockford IceHogs
NHL Affiliation: Detroit Red Wings/ Chicago Black Hawks
All-time series: 15-1-0.
Season series: First meeting.
GF: 3.23, (6th)
GA: 3.38, (20th)
PP: 20.0% (3rd)
PK: 86.0% (10th)