Countdown to Face-OffApril 7, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) Kalamazoo Wings
Kalamazoo will hit the ice with a chance to close out the series. Last night, Dustin Cloutier and Riley Gill paved the way to the victory for the K-Wings. Cloutier scored two goals, including the game-winner, while Gill turned aside 37 saves for to win.
With their backs against the wall, the Nailers return to Wings Stadium needing back-to-back wins to fend off elimination. Winning consecutive games away from the WesBanco Arena is nothing new for the Nailers. During the regular season, Wheeling won back-to-back road contests on ten different occasions.
Playoff Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings Wheeling Nailers
Goals: Darryl Bootland, Dustin Cloutier, Chris Barton, Andrew Hotham (2 Goals)
Nick Sirota (2 Goals)
Assists: Trent Daavettila, Dwight Helminen, Cody Chupp, Paul Crowder (3 Assists)
Sam Ftorek (3 Assists)
Points: Sam Ftorek, Dwight Helminen, Paul Crowder,
Nick Sirota (4 Points) Andrew Hotham (4 Points)
+/-: Dustin Cloutier (+2) Paul Crowder (+3)
Penalty Minutes: Darryl Bootland (6 Minutes) Chris Barton (6 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Darryl Bootland, Sam Ftorek, Paul Crowder (1 Goal)
Mike Matczak, Nick Sirota (1 Goal)
Short Handed Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals) Andrew Hotham (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Dustin Cloutier, Ben Farrer (1 GW)
Dwight Helminen (1 GW)
Shots: Darren Archibald, Sam Ftorek, Chris Barton (15 Shots)
Dwight Helminen (9 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Mike Matczak, Nick Sirota (50 %) Andrew Hotham (28.6%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals) Entire Team (0 Goals)
Goals Against Average: Riley Gill (2.01 ) Patrick Killeen (3.70)
Save Percentage: Riley Gill (0.944) Patrick Killeen (0.857)
All-Time/ Playoff Series
All-Time Playoff Series: K-Wings Lead All-Time Playoff Series: 6-3
Best-of-Five Series: K-Wings Lead Best-of Five Series: Two Games to One
Last Meeting: K-Wings Won 5-1 on April 6th @ Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Next Meeting: Monday, April 9th @ Kalamazoo, Michigan (Game Five-If Necessary)
Good Things Come in Threes
Forwards Dwight Helminen and Nick Sirota have been on fire in the playoffs. Both players start the night on three-game point streaks.
Saving the Day
Goaltender Riley Gill has made 101 saves through the first three games of the Quarterfinals. The 101 saves ties Gill with Reading's Matt Owuya for the league-lead for saves in the playoffs.
Dishing it Out
Defenseman Sam Ftorek, who had two assists in game three, now has three assists in the playoffs. The three assists are the most of any defenseman in the ECHL playoffs.
Kalamazoo enters game four with a chance to close out the series. In their 38-year history, the K-Wings are 24-11 (IHL: 16-9, UHL: 5-1, ECHL 3-1) in clinching games.
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.
*Monday, April 9th Vs Wheeling 7:00 PM (Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Five)
(* Denotes Games that Will Only Be Played If Necessary)
ECHL Stories from April 7, 2012
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- Kalamazoo Advances to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 3-2 Victory - Kalamazoo Wings
- Barton Nets Two, as 20th Season Concludes - Wheeling Nailers
- Stewart's Shutout, Campanale's Goal Force Fifth Game - Elmira Jackals
- Stingrays Kelly Cup Quest Daily - South Carolina Stingrays
- ECHL Announces Fines, Suspensions - ECHL
- Stingrays Sign Goaltender Rob Madore - South Carolina Stingrays
- ECHL Transactions - April 7 - ECHL
- Countdown to Face-Off - Kalamazoo Wings
- Jackals Playoff Game Preview: Elmira Vs. Reading - Elmira Jackals
- Goaltender Daren Machesney Recalled to Hershey - South Carolina Stingrays
- ECHL Today - April 7 - ECHL
- Thunder moves onto second round of Kelly Cup Playoffs - Stockton Thunder
- Steelheads Push Reign to the Brink, 5-3, in Game 3 - Ontario Reign
- Idaho Fights Its Way to 5-3 Playoff Victory - Idaho Steelheads
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