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Countdown to Face-Off: Kalamazoo Wings vs Toledo Walleye

April 11, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kalamazoo Wings News Release


Kalamazoo Wings Vs Toledo Walleye

Wings Event Center Kalamazoo, Michigan

Saturday, April 11, 2015 7:30 PM

Game Preview

The Kalamazoo Wings will begin a home-and-home series with the Toledo Walleye. This will be the 12th of 13 encounters between the teams this season. So far this year, the K-Wings are 4-6-0-1 versus the Walleye. The teams will wrap up the regular season tomorrow at the Huntington Center.

Clinching a postseason berth last night, the K-Wings made a statement with a decisive 6-0 victory over the Fort Wayne Komets. The victory guarantees Kalamazoo the third seed in the North Division in the upcoming playoffs. Kalamazoo will square off against Fort Wayne in round one.

The Walleye have been heating up at the right time. Toledo, who is 11-1-1-0 in their 13 games, enters tonight on a six-game (5-0-1-0) unbeaten streak in regulation. The Walleye, who have sewn up the North Division crown are still looking to clinch the top record in both the Eastern Conference and the entire league.

Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings Toledo Walleye

Goals: Ludwig Blomstrand (33 Goals) Kyle Bonis (36 Goals)

Assists: Eric Kattelus (34 Assists) Shane Berschbach (44 Assists)

Points: Matt Caria (55Points) Tyler Barnes (71 Points)

+/-: Jeremie Blain (+11) Cody Lampl (+25)

Penalty Minutes: Dane Fox (106 Minutes) Tyler Elbrecht (110 Minutes)

Power Play Goals: Ludwig Blomstrand (10 Goals) Tyler Barnes, Kyle Bonis (11 Goals)

Short Handed Goals: Justin Taylor (3 Goals) Kyle Bonis (2 Goals)

Game Winning Goals: Justin Taylor (5 Goals) Kyle Bonis (8 GW)

Shots: Dane Fox (195 Shots) Kyle Bonis (231 Shots)

Shooting Percentage: Ludwig Blomstrand (20.9%) Martin Frk (27.4%)

Overtime Goals: Dane Fox, Eric Kattelus, Shane Berschbach (1 Goal)

Patrick Kennedy, Justin Taylor (1 Goal)

Shootout Goals: Nathan Longpre, Gergo Nagy Troy Schwab (7 Goals)

Justin Taylor (1 Goal)

Shootout Percentage: Nathan Longpre, Gergo Nagy (50%) Troy Schwab (77.8 %)

Goals Against Average: Scott Munroe (2.53 ) Neil Conway ( 2.09)

Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.911) Neil Conway (0.928)

All-Time/ Season Series

All-Time Series: K-Wings Lead All-Time Series: 44-24-4-5

Season Series: K-Wings Trail Season Series: 4-6-0-1

Last Meeting: K-Wings Lost 6-3 on April 3rd @ Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Next Meeting: Sunday, April 12th @ Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio

Heating Up

Two members of the K-Wings are on impressive point streak. Matt Caria is on a seven-game streak, while Gergo Nagy has registered a point in six straight contests.

The Fox Says Goal

Forward Dane Fox netted three goals in last night's victory. The hat trick was the first in Fox's professional career.

Brick Wall

Last night goaltender Joel Martin turned aside 35 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. The four shutouts establish a new team ECHL record for shutouts in a single season.

Playoff Bound

Kalamazoo's victory last night clinched a postseason berth. The K-Wings will be the third seed in the ECHL's Kelly Cup Playoffs and will battle the Fort Wayne Komets in round one.

Big Turnaround

The Walleye have established a new ECHL record for best turnaround from one season to the next. Earning just 49 points a season ago, Toledo enters tonight with 105 points, a turnaround of 56 points.

Holy Toledo

With their victory last night, the Walleye set the record for best season in Toledo hockey history. With 105 points, the Walleye surpassed the Toledo Storm teams in both 1995-96 and 2002-03 who registered 104 points.

Six Pack

Toledo enters tonight looking to extend a six-game (5-0-1-0) unbeaten streak in regulation. The Walleye who are 11-1-1-0 in their last 13 overall games, are also riding a seven-game (5-0-1-2) road unbeaten streak.

Northern Stars

With their victory last night the Walleye have clinched the North Division crown. With two games remaining Toledo holds a two-point lead for the top seed in both the Eastern Conference and the entire league.

Tickets! Get Your Tickets!!

Tickets for all K-Wings home games are now on sale. Fans can purchase tickets at the Wings Events Center Ticket Office, any Ticketmaster location or at kwings.com.

Get On-Line

This season, the best way to keep track of the K-Wings is to log onto the team's website at www.kwings.com . The site has player profiles, video on your hometown team, and much, much more.

K-Wings on the Net

Catch all the K-Wings games, home and away, on the K-Wings Broadcast Network at www.echl.tv . Join the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno for all 72 regular season games plus the playoffs. Pregame 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 smart phones, tablets and computers logged onto the K-Wings Broadcast Network.

Upcoming Games

Sunday, April 12th @ Toledo 5:15 PM (Last Game of the Regular Season)


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