|December 31, 2013 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Kalamazoo, MI- The Kalamazoo Wings were propelled by timely goaltending and bunched scoring as they skated past the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-3 on Tuesday night in the 12th Annual New Year’s Eve Game at Wings Stadium.
Needing just 10 seconds of their first and only power-play of the first period the Cyclones grabbed an early lead with a goal from Paul Crowder (8th).
Responding less than two minutes later, Yanni Goude (14th), who was falling to the ice, lifted a backhander past Rob Madore 11:50 into the period.
Kalamazoo built on their momentum late in the period when Yannick Veilleux found Aaron Clarke (4th) for a one-timer to put the K-Wings ahead 2-1.
In the blink of an eye the K-Wings increased their lead to 4-1 with a pair of goals from Matt Caria (5th, 6th) 2:14 apart in the second period. Caria etched his first goal with a power-play deflection on the K-Wings first power-play of the night 4:39 into the period.
Skating in the slot Caria lifted a wrister over the shoulder of Madore to give the K-Wings the three-goal advantage.
Cincinnati’s Dan Eves (3rd) responded midway in the period by blocking a blue line slap shot and racing the puck up ice for a breakaway tally
Jack Combs (6th) brought the Cyclones back to within a goal scoring on a breakaway of his own. The tally extended his goal streak to four games.
The K-Wings hung onto the victory with several huge saves from Jordan Binnington, including a breakaway save on Combs with eight seconds remaining in regulation.
Starting 2014 on Friday, January 3rd, the K-Wings and Cyclones will meet again at 7:30 p.m. during Biggest Loser Night.
Fans looking for a healthy New Year’s Resolution can compete in the K-Wings Biggest Loser competition. Anyone coming to the game on January 3rd can be weighed to be part of the season long completion. Fans will be weighed again during the K-Wings last regular season home game, individual that loses the most weight will receive a FREE six-month member to the Kalamazoo Athletic Club and $500 in cash and prizes.
Tickets for all K-Wings home games are currently on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, including www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Regular season ticket prices for home games are $13 and $17.50 for adults and only $7 for kids ages 12 and under. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice games and the New Year’s Eve game) are just $1 more. Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single-game tickets in advance. Tickets purchased on the day of a game increase by $2 (adults only).
Fans that plan on attending multiple games can avoid service fees plus enjoy a discount from the single-game price by purchasing a 12, 24 or 36-game flexi-plan. These plans, along with rivalry packs and group ticket packages may be ordered through the K-Wings Sales office by calling (269) 743-6011.
For more information about tonight’s game, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 226-0384.