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April 3, 2010 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kalamazoo Wings News Release

The ECHL's regular season curtain will fall tonight at Wings Stadium, as the Kalamazoo Wings host the Toledo Walleye. On the season, the K-Wings are 6-4-2-0 against the Walleye. This is the second straight meeting between the teams, with Kalamazoo defeating the Walleye last night 6-2 at Wings Stadium.

After 71 games, the North Division title and the American Conference crown will come down to tonight. Kalamazoo leads the division by a single point for the Cincinnati Cyclones. Kalamazoo also trails the Charlotte Checkers by one point for the overall top spot in the American Conference.

While the Walleye have already punched a playoff ticket, tonight will decide what seed Toledo will receive. With 77 points, Toledo is currently in eighth place in the American Conference, one point behind the Reading Royals, who clinched the conference's final playoff berth last night.

Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings Toledo Walleye

Goals: Rick Cleaver (32 Goals) Evan Rankin (32 Goals)

Assists: Andrew Fournier (44 Assists) Maxime Tanguay (44 Assists)

Points: Rick Cleaver, Maxime Tanguay (69 Points)

Andrew Fournier (70 Points)

+/-: Devin Featherstone (+23) Ryan Stokes (+13)

Penalty Minutes: Darryl Lloyd (157 Minutes) Mark Nebus (141 Minutes)

Power Play Goals: Rick Cleaver (12 Goals) Evan Rankin (9 Goals)

Short Handed Goals: Brian McGuirk (4 Goals) Adam Hobson,

Chris Robertson (2 Goals)

Game Winning Goals: Mathieu Curadeau (6 GW) Jean-Claude Sawyer (7 GW)

Shots: Sam Ftorek (223 Shots) Evan Rankin (191 Shots)

Shooting Percentage: Dean Strong (20.0%) Maxime Tanguay (21.7%)

Overtime Goals: Five Players Tied (1 Goal) Jean-Claude Sawyer (3 Goals)

Shootout Goals: Rick Cleaver (4 Goals) Maxime Tanguay (3 Goals)

Shootout Percentage: Matt Jones, Brian McGuirk (100%) Akim Aliu, Mike Hedden,

Derek Nesbitt, Maxime Tanguay (50%)

Goals Against Average: Riley Gill (2.48) Alec Richards (3.35)

Save Percentage: Riley Gill (0.929) Alec Richards (0.897)

All-Time/ Season Series

All-Time Series: K-Wings Lead All-Time Series: 6-4-2-0

Season Series: K-Wings Lead Season Series: 6-4-2-0

Last Meeting: K-Wings Won 6-2 on April 3rd @ Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Next Meeting: Last Meeting of the Regular Season

Home Sweet Home

On the season, the K-Wings are 24-7-2-2 at Wings Stadium. The 24 wins are second most in the conference and third most overall in the entire league; with a win tonight, the K-Wings would tie the Charlotte Checkers and the Idaho Steelheads for the most regular season home victories in the ECHL.

Rolling Along

Forwards Mathieu Curadeau, Trent Daavettila and Rick Cleaver all enter tonight on impressive multi-game point streaks. Curadeau has earned points in five straight games, while Cleaver and Daavettila have notched points in four straight contests.

Right at Home

Forward Dean Strong has definitely felt at home at Wings Stadium. Strong has earned points in all 15 games (11 goals, 11 assists) he has played on Vanrick Drive.

A lot on the Line

The K-Wings can secure a division title tonight with a win or a loss by the Cincinnati Cyclones. Kalamazoo can capture the American Conference crown with a win and a regulation loss by the Charlotte Checkers.

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.

Get On-Line

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.

Ftorek and Nie on the Radio

Join special guests Sam Ftorek and Ryan Nie as they join Head Coach Nick Bootland and the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno this Monday on "K-Wings Live". The show is on The Classic Hits Station WLKM (95.9 FM) and online through the B-2 Networks through www.kwings.com from 7-8 p.m. at Old Burdick's Bar and Grill inside the Holiday Inn Kalamazoo on South 11th Street.

K-Wings on Radio

Catch all the K-Wings games, home and away, on the K-Wings Radio Network (95.9 FM WLKM & B-2 Networks 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.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, April 6th Vs TBA 7:00 PM

(Game One, Round One, Kelly Cup Playoffs)

Wednesday, April 7th Vs TBA 7:00 PM

(Game Two, Round One, Kelly Cup Playoffs)


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