|December 15, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Kalamazoo, MI- A late third period surge by the Florida Everblades (12-8-1-4) was enough to edge the Kalamazoo Wings (11-12-1-1) Saturday night during the K-Wings 13th Annual Teddy Bear Toss Night.
The first period featured numerous scoring opportunities for the K-Wings but they were unable to capitalize until late in the opening frame, when Aaron Clarke (9th) picked off a pass in the neutral zone and skated in all alone and buried it the top corner.
The goal sent 1,057 teddy bears cascading down from the stands. The stuffed animals collected will be divided between Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and for the K-Wings annual visit this Monday, December 17th at 2 p.m. at the Children’s Hospital at Bronson.
Despite trading scoring chances on both ends of the ice with both goaltenders playing strong resulted with a scoreless period.
In the third period, Kalamazoo continued to lead until 4:27 remaining when Florida defenseman Ryan O’Byrne (2nd) poked home a loose puck during a mad scramble in front of K-Wing goaltender Joel Martin, who stopped a 30 shots for the contest.
As time ticked down, Kalamazoo found themselves down two men and Florida took advantage. Matt Marquardt (10th) drilled home the eventual game-winner with a one-timer into the back of the net with 1:24 left in the game.
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Kalamazoo will finish off the week tomorrow, Sunday, December 16th with a 5 p.m. encounter against the Fort Wayne Komets.
The K-Wings will return home to Wings Stadium on Friday, December 21st with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Komets on COOL 101 Game Show Night and a FANomenal Friday, featuring $2 beer, $1 Pepsi and $1 pretzels.
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.