Kalamazoo completes undefeated NAHL ShowcaseSeptember 15, 2012 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings
For the first time all season, Kalamazoo saw themselves surrendering the first goal of a contest. Aberdeen's Joseph Sullivan scored his fourth of the season by beating Kalamazoo goalie, Alex Okicki, on a smooth deke move in front of the Jr. K-Wing goal.
With less than three minutes remaining in the period, Kalamazoo's Luc Boby snuck behind the Aberdeen defense and found himself going in all alone on the opposing goaltender, Paige Skoog. Boby found an open part of the goal, and put the puck in the back of the net. The tally, his first as a Jr. K-Wing, pulled the teams even at one.
Just seventeen seconds into the second, Boby gave the Jr. K-Wings their first lead of the night, when he tacked on his second goal of the game, and second of the season, on a quick wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.
Four minutes after securing their first lead of the game, Kalamazoo looked to add insurance. Gaining the zone on an odd man rush, Nick Kovalchik fed Josh Dangel who had an open net to score his second of the season, giving the Jr. K-Wings a 3-1 lead.
Increasing the Kalamazoo lead to three was Danny Hamburg. Hamburg saw an open puck in the low slot area in front of Skoog, and jammed it into the goal for his first of the season.
Responding just 59 seconds later was Tommy Miller of the Aberdeen Wings, who netted his first of the season at the 14:11 mark of the second period to make the score 4-2.
With under a minute to play in the second, and working on their fourth power play of the game, Kalamazoo re-gained their three-goal lead with the second tally of the night by Hamburg.
In the third period, and playing with a two-man advantage, Kalamazoo increased their lead to four on a slap shot by Matt Wurst. The defenseman created space along the right side and ripped a howitzer for his first of the season.
Trailing by four goals, Aberdeen took advantage of the extra space on the ice provided by a four-on-four opportunity. Patrick Steinhauser (1st)made himself comfortable in front of Okicki, and deflected a shot by StevenJohnson that found the net.
The late push by the Wings wasn't enough, as it was Okicki (2-0-0) who led his team to victory, and an undefeated NAHL Showcase Tournament.
The Jr. K-Wings will hit the ice again on Friday, September 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Sault Saint Marie, as they take on the Soo Eagles in their first divisional contest of the season.
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