|December 31, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Kalamazoo, MI –In a game that featured two of the ECHL’s top premiere goaltenders Joel Martin (30 saves) and the Kalamazoo Wings (13-15-2-1) out-dueled the Brian Foster (34 saves) and the North Division leading Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 during the 11th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash, presented by COOL 101 and WWMT.
Dictating the play in a majority of the first period by outshooting Cincinnati 17-7, Kalamazoo took a 1-0 advantage midway in the period, when Alexandre Mallet floated a shot off the glove of Cincinnati’s Foster and into the net.
Late in the period, three seconds following their lone power-play in the first, Cincinnati tied the game when an Anthony Luciani slap shot hit off the end wall right to the stick of Garrett Wilson for this team-leading 13th goal of the season.
Despite a combined five power-play chances, neither team was able to score in the second period. Cincinnati went 0-for-3 with a man-advantage in the period, including a four straight minutes of power-play time due to a double high-sticking minor from Aaron Clarke.
Josh Shalla (13th) claimed the lead for the Cyclones early in the third period with a redirected marker, tying him with Wilson for Cincinnati’s team-lead in goals.
Just like they did two nights before, the K-Wings would strike for two goals in under a minute, this needing just 41 seconds to secure the victory.
Cycling the puck on the power-play, Eric Kattelus notched his personal-best for goals in a season with his 11th that went off the crossbar and in to tie the game at 2-2. Sam Ftorek, who assisted on the goal, earned his 600th career point on the tally.
Creating a turnover in the neutral zone, Clarke raced up and sent a slap shot over the head of Foster that hit the end zone glass and flung back off the goaltender and in for the eventual game-winner. The goal was Clarke’s team-leading 12th of the season and extended his point streak to five games.
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The K-Wings will continue their three-game home stand this Friday, January 4th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Toledo Walleye during the Single’s Night and a FANomenal Fan Friday, featuring $2 beer, $1 Pepsi products and $2 Popcorn Fish Bites.
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.