|January 18, 2013 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Evansville, IN – Taking advantage of a power-play in overtime, Kevin Baker (12th) redirected a Todd Robinson slap shot 2:48 into the extra session to give the Evansville IceMen(16-22-1-3) a 4-3 overtime victory over the Kalamazoo Wings (16-19-3-1) to force a fourth place tie in the North Division.
Doing what no other member of the K-Wings has done this season, Nick Sirota (12th) increased his goal streak to a season-high three games 3:51 into the first period by tipping in an John Armstrong slap shot. Armstrong extended his point streak to three games with the assist.
Tying the game at 1-1 with 40 seconds remaining in the opening period, Aaron Gens notched his second goal of the campaign with a rebound wrister from the slot.
Josh Beaulieu (16th) put the IceMen ahead 1:36 into the second period with a power-play marker. Beaulieu, who leads the IceMen in goals scored, has notched a team-best seven of those goals with a man-advantage.
Evansville increased their lead to 3-1 later in the period, when Dylan Clarke found Jason Dale open on the backdoor for his seventh goal of the season.
Inching closer late in the period, Sirota netted his second goal of the game with a power-play strike. Sirota, who has earned five goals in his last three games, has registered 13 goals on the season tying him with Aaron Clarke and Eric Kattelus for the team-lead. Assisting on Sirota’s goal were Armstrong and Alexandre Grenier, who has earned at least one point in each of his four games with Kalamazoo.
Battling back to tie the game at 3-3, John May (1st) scored the equalizer 6:09 into the third period to force overtime with a wrist shot from the right circle that was setup by a pass from Jon Higgins. The points were the first this season in a K-Wings uniform for both May and Higgins.
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The K-Wings will return to Wings Stadium on Saturday, January 19th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Fort Wayne Komets during the 5th Annual Golden Ice Game and a WIN-WIN night, presented by 98.5 FM WNWN. If the K-Wings defeat the Komets on Saturday, all fans in attendance will receive a FREE ticket to Kalamazoo’s home game on Sunday, January 27th versus the Bakersfield Condors.
While the K-Wings already wear McDonald’s themed warm-up jerseys during the entire season, the team will also don a special McDonald’s themed jersey for the night. Following the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (RMHC®) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMHC fulfills its mission by creating innovative, effective programs that address targeted needs, and by supporting these programs and other activities conducted by its local chapters worldwide. RMHC also awards grants to other nonprofit children’s organizations that positively impact the health and well being of children around the world.
Single-game tickets for the 2012-2013 season are on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday’s. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
Tickets for all K-Wings home games are $13 and $17.50 for adults and only $7 for kids ages 14 and under. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice games and New Year’s Eve game) are just $1 more.
Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single-game tickets in advance because tickets purchased on the day of a game increase by $2 (adults only).
For more information about tonight’s contest, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 226-0384.