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Toledo Walleye fall to Idaho Steelheads in Western Conference Finals | Kelly Cup Playoffs

After a blistering 8-0 start to the playoffs, the Walleye were unable to find the answer to the Steelheads withering offense for the entire series.

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Published: 6:23 PM MDT May 15, 2023
Updated: 9:58 PM MDT May 27, 2023

A stellar postseason for the Toledo Walleye ended in the Western Conference Finals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. After dominant wins over the Indy Fuel and Cincinnati Cyclones, the Fish fell to the Idaho Steelheads with a loss on Saturday.

The Steelheads notched 57 wins and 117 points during the 2022-23 regular season, surpassing the previous ECHL record of 56 wins, 116 points set in 2001-02 by the Louisiana IceGators.

As regular season champions, the Steelheads clinched the Brabham Cup and home-ice advantage throughout the entire playoffs.

Head-to-head, Toledo did not play Idaho during the 2022-23 season.

While Toledo swept its prior two rounds, Idaho had a bit more difficulty on its way to a Mountain Division title, with the Utah Grizzlies stretching the first round to six games. Idaho wrapped up its second-round series against the Allen Americans in five games, setting the Steelheads up for a Fish vs. Fish matchup against the Walleye.

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