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Royals hang on to defeat K-Wings

Kalamazoo loses 5-4 to Reading
April 4, 2014 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster

Reading, PA – Despite battling back in the waning moments Friday night, the Kalamazoo Wings comeback bid fell short in a 5-4 loss at the Santander Arena against the Reading Royals.  

A wild opening 20 minutes featured plenty of scoring. Kalamazoo got out in front with a redirected tally from Justin Taylor (20th) 3:04 into the period.

The K-Wings lead grew 9:04 into the stanza when Sam Ftorek found Ryan Del Monte in front of the net for the Del Monte’s seventh goal of the campaign.

The Royals responded less than a minute later with a goal from Yannick Tifu (19th).

The goal from Tifu rejuvenated Reading. Dominic Monardo notched his team-leading 27th tally of the season 23 seconds later to even the game at 2-2.

Before the end of the first, Greg Wolfe (3rd) put the Royals ahead with a rebound marker.

Just as they did to start the game, the K-Wings scored early in the second period. Chris Lawrence (14th) recorded the equalizer with a wrister from the left circle 2:20 into the period.

The Royals reclaimed the lead three minutes later when Ryan Cruthers (16th) jammed in a loose puck.

Taking advantage of one of their five power-play chances in the period, the Royals grew their lead to two goals with marker from Marvin Degon (7th).

Following the goal, the K-Wings made a goaltender change bringing in Jordan Binnington to replace Joel Martin, who made 11saves on 16 shots in 28 minutes.

Binnington, who finished the game stopping all 14 saves he faced, stood strong against his biggest challenge in the third period denying Brendan Blandina on a penalty shot 3:25 into the third period.

Cutting the Royals lead to a single goal midway in the stanza, Ludwig Blomstrand earned his 13th goal of the year on the power-play.

With the victory, the Royals lead in the Eastern Conference grew to four points over the K-Wings.

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Kalamazoo continues their season-long six-game road swing with the fourth-leg of the trip tomorrow, Saturday, April 5th with a 7:05 p.m. encounter at the Santander Arena in a rematch against Reading.  

The K-Wings will return home to Wings Stadium to close out the regular season on Saturday, April 12th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Evansville IceMen on Fan Appreciation Night featuring the post-game player’s award ceremony.

Tickets for all regular season and playoff 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 regular season ticket prices for home games are $13 and $17.50 for adults and only $7 for kids ages 12 and under. 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).

K-Wings Pepsi playoff tickets are also available. Thanks to Pepsi, the first 2,500 fans that purchase tickets specifically for game one of round one will enjoy a special $4 ticket price. These special $4 tickets for game one are part of the team's 2013-14 season long 40th Anniversary celebration and reflect ticket prices from the K-Wings Inaugural 1974-75 season.

Regular pricing for all other K-Wings Pepsi Playoff games are $17 and $20 for adults and only $8 for children 12 and under.  Also, courtesy of Pepsi, the team is offering special $10 tickets for groups of 15 or more throughout the playoffs. 

Group ticket packages for the regular season or playoffs 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. 


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