Countdown to Face-OffApril 4, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) Kalamazoo Wings
For the second straight season, the K-Wings dropped the first game of the playoffs. Kalamazoo's top two goal scores in the regular season, as Darryl Bootland and Nick Sirota each scored in game one. Including the regular season, Bootland has earned points in five straight games.
Defending home ice in game one, Wheeling scored three times in the final 12 minutes to secure the victory. In game one, the Nailers were led by Andrew Hotham, who had a game-high three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in the 4-2 win.
Playoff Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings Wheeling Nailers
Goals: Darryl Bootland, Nick Sirota (1 Goal) Chris Barton, Paul Crowder,
Ben Farrer, Andrew Hotham (1 Goal)
Assists: Joe Charlebois, Trent Daavettila, Andrew Hotham (2 Assists)
Dwight Helminen (1 Assist)
Points: Five Players Tied (1 Point) Andrew Hotham (3 Points)
+/-: 10 Players Tied (+/-0) Andrew Hotham, Peter Merth (+3)
Penalty Minutes: Darryl Bootland, Joe Charlebois, Chris Barton (4 Minutes)
Harry Young (0 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Darryl Bootland (1 Goal) Paul Crowder (1 Goal)
Short Handed Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals) Andrew Hotham (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Entire Team (0 GW) Ben Farrer (1 GW)
Shots: Darren Archibald (5 Shots) Chris Barton (7 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Darryl Bootland (50 %) Andrew Hotham (33.3%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals) Entire Team (0 Goals)
Goals Against Average: Riley Gill (3.03 ) Patrick Killeen (2.00)
Save Percentage: Riley Gill (0.921) Patrick Killeen (0.926)
All-Time/ Playoff Series
All-Time Playoff Series: K-Wings Lead All-Time Playoff Series: 4-3
Best-of-Five Series: K-Wings Trail the Best-of Five Series: One Game to None
Last Meeting: K-Wings Lost 4-2 on April 3rd @ WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia
Next Meeting: Friday, April 6th @ Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan (Game Three)
Sirota Named Player of the Month
Earlier today, forward Nick Sirota was named the ECHL's Player of the Month for March. Sirota recorded 17 points (10 goals, 7 assists) in 15 games in the final month of the season.
Picking Up Where He Left Off
Forward Darryl Bootland is tied for the K-Wings team-lead in postseason goals scored (1). Bootland led the K-wings in the regular season with 25 tallies.
Kalamazoo has a familiar feel from last season's Eastern Conference championship team. While four members of the K-Wings made their professional playoff debuts last night, nine members, which include two players (Dean Strong and Brandon Svendsen) on the Playoff Reserve List, where on last year's Kelly Cup runner-up squad.
Snapping a Streak
The K-Wings enter tonight looking to snap two streaks. Dating back to last year's postseason, the K-Wings are trying to snap a three-game overall and road losing streaks.
Tickets! Get Your Tickets!!
Tickets for all K-Wings home games are now on sale. Catch all the action as your K-Wings play the very best the ECHL has to offer. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Wings Stadium Ticket Office at (269) 345-5101.
This season, the best way to keep track of the K-Wings is to log onto www.kwings.com . The site has player profiles, information about Wings Stadium events, and much, much more.
Join special Head Coach Nick Bootland and the "Voice of the K-Wings", Mike Modugno this Monday on "K-Wings Live" presented by Miller Lite. The show is on The Classic Hits Station WLKM (95.9 FM) and online through www.kwings.com from 7-8 p.m. at Old Burdick's Wings West on Sports Drive.
K-Wings on Radio
Catch all the K-Wings games, home and away, on the K-Wings Radio Network (95.9 FM WLKM & on kwings.com). Join the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno for all 72 regular season games plus the playoffs. Pre-game coverage begins with the Kalsee Credit Union Pre-Game Show 15 minutes prior to face-off. For the most complete coverage of the K-Wings from the opening face-off to the final buzzer, keep your radio tuned this season to the K-Wings Radio Network.
Friday, April 6th Vs Wheeling7:30 PM (Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three)
*Saturday, April 7th Vs Wheeling 7:30 PM (Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four)
*Monday, April 7th Vs Wheeling 7:00 PM (Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Five)
(* Denotes Games that Will Only Be Played If Necessary)
ECHL Stories from April 4, 2012
- Reign Even Series with 4-3 Overtime Win - Ontario Reign
- Thunder Storms Back for OT Win, 2-0 Series Lead - Colorado Eagles
- Royals Hold on for Win Over Elmira in Game Two, 4-2 - Reading Royals
- Nailers, Wings Split First Two Games - Wheeling Nailers
- Everblades Take 2-0 Lead in Series with 4-2 Win - Florida Everblades
- Road Warriors Beaten In Game Two - Greenville Road Warriors
- Jackals Battle But Fall in Game 2 - Elmira Jackals
- Third Period Surge Evens Up Series For Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo Wings
- Gladiators Slip Past Stingrays in Game Two - South Carolina Stingrays
- Haddad Leads Third Period Comeback in 3-2 Win - Gwinnett Gladiators
- ECHL Transactions - April 4 - ECHL
- Game Preview (game 2): Stockton Thunder (#5) Vs. Colorado Eagles - Stockton Thunder
- Colorado's Schneekloth Named 2011-12 ECHL Defenseman of the Year - Colorado Eagles
- Colorado's Schneekloth Named 2011-12 ECHL Defenseman of the Year - ECHL
- Reign Playoff Watch Party Tonight - Ontario Reign
- Blades Pitt Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month - Florida Everblades
- Ryder Is the MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month - ECHL
- Florida's Pitt Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month - ECHL
- Reading's Urban is AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performer of the Month - ECHL
- Denny Urban AMI Graphics ECHL Plus-Performer of Month - Reading Royals
- Jackals Playoff Game Preview: Elmira at Reading - Elmira Jackals
- Greenville Road Warriors Game Preview - April 4, 2012 - Greenville Road Warriors
- Stewart Named ECHL Goaltender of the Month - Elmira Jackals
- Elmira's Stewart Named ECHL Goaltender of the Month - ECHL
- Kalamazoo's Sirota Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month - ECHL
- K-Wings Sirota Named Reebok Hockey Player of the Month - Kalamazoo Wings
- Countdown to Face-Off - Kalamazoo Wings
- Kelly Cup Quest Daily - South Carolina Stingrays
- Stingrays Gameday: Stingrays Host Gladiators for Game Two Tonight - South Carolina Stingrays
- ECHL Today - April 4 - ECHL
- Thunder takes 1-0 series lead to open Kelly Cup Playoffs - Stockton Thunder
- Reign Drop First Playoff Game in Idaho, 3-2 - Ontario Reign
- Las Vegas Wranglers Win 3-2, Sweep Grizzlies on the Road - Las Vegas Wranglers
- Grizzlies Fall 3-2: Face 0-2 Deficit - Utah Grizzlies
- Special Teams Help Stockton to 1-0 Series Lead - Colorado Eagles
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