|January 24, 2014 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Wings used a three-goal third period effort to defeat the Reading Royals 4-3 Friday night snapping the Royals season-high seven-game winning streak.
Matt Caria gave the K-Wings an early advantage scoring his 12th goal of the season with a power-play strike 4:23 into the first period. The goal marked the first time in the last eight games that the Royals didn’t score the first tally of the game.
Penalized for 22 minutes in the second period, the K-Wings gave the Royals six power-play opportunities in the middle stanza. Of the six, Reading was only able to capitalize on the final man-advantage opportunity of the period with a goal from Marvin Degon (3rd), who tied the game at 1-1 with four minutes remaining the frame.
Almost midway through the third period, Chris Lawrence put Kalamazoo ahead. Streaking out of the penalty box to cause a breakaway, Lawrence scored with right circle wrister for his fifth goal of the season to put Kalamazoo ahead 2-1.
Adding another goal nearly two minutes later, Sam Ftorek (8th) rocketed his fifth power-play goal of the season. The goal extended Ftorek’s point streak to three games.
Scoring the eventual game-winner in a peculiar manner, Yannick Veilleux (5th) got on the scorers sheet with an empty net goal with 1:44 remaining.
While the goal seemed to be an insurance marker, a late rally from the Royals made Veilleux’s marker more relevant.
Not going away quietly. Reading added two goals in the final minute and a half with a penalty shot tally from Sean Wiles (10th) and an extra man goal from Josh Brittain (2nd), but it wouldn’t be enough as the K-Wings clung on to a one goal victory.
The K-Wings will wrap up the week this Sunday, January 26th will 3 p.m. face-off versus the Royals on a Family Hockey Day in the ‘ZOO presented by Walgreen’s, Bronson Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Consumers Credit Union and Charter Media. The first 500 kids that enter through the main doors (doors 1 and 10 of the lobby) of Wings Stadium will receive a Lunchable courtesy of Walgreens and a K-Wings Goalie Mask on a Stick courtesy of Consumers Credit Union. Following the game, fans can participate in a post-game skate with the K-Wings (skate rental $3).
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.
Individual 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.