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April 6, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kalamazoo Wings News Release

With the series tied at one game apiece, the Best-of-Five Eastern Conference Quarterfinals will now become a best-of-three with all games played at Wings Stadium. During the regular season, the Nailers defeated the K-Wings 4-2 back on February 26th in the team's lone encounter on Vanrick Drive.

Erupting for three goals in the third period of game two, the K-Wings forced a split of the games at the WesBanco Arena. Kalamazoo's power-play, which went 2-for-3 in game two, was a perfect 2-for-2 in the third period of Wednesday's contest.

Comfortable away from the WesBanco Arena, the Nailers went 17-13-3-3 on the road during the regular season. Andrew Hotham continues to lead Wheeling in postseason scoring; registering four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the first two games of the series.

Playoff Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings Wheeling Nailers

Goals: Six Players Tied (1 Goal) Andrew Hotham (2 Goals)

Assists: Trent Daavettila (3 Assists) Cody Chupp, Paul Crowder,

Andrew Hotham (2 Assists)

Points: Trent Daavettila, Dwight Helminen, Andrew Hotham (4 Points)

Nick Sirota (3 Points)

+/-: Darren Archibald, Kory Karlander (+1) Paul Crowder, Andrew Hotham,

Peter Merth (+3)

Penalty Minutes: Seven Players Tied (2 Minutes) Chris Barton (6 Minutes)

Power Play Goals: Darryl Bootland, Sam Ftorek, Paul Crowder (1 Goal)

Mike Matczak (1 Goal)

Short Handed Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals) Andrew Hotham (1 Goal)

Game Winning Goals: Dwight Helminen (1 GW) Ben Farrer (1 GW)

Shots: Darren Archibald, Chris Barton (10 Shots)

Dwight Helminen (7 Shots)

Shooting Percentage: Mike Matczak (100 %) Andrew Hotham (40%)

Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals) Entire Team (0 Goals)

Goals Against Average: Riley Gill (2.51 ) Patrick Killeen (3.04)

Save Percentage: Riley Gill (0.928) Patrick Killeen (0.885)

All-Time/ Playoff Series

All-Time Playoff Series: K-Wings Lead All-Time Playoff Series: 5-3

Best-of-Five Series: Best-of Five Series is Tied: One Game Apiece

Last Meeting: K-Wings Won 4-2 on April 4th @ WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia

Next Meeting: Saturday, April 7th @ Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan (Game Four)

Jumping Out in Front

In the first two games of the series, the K-Wings have earned the game's first goal. During the regular season, Kalamazoo was 26-9-1-3 when scoring before their opponents.

Northern Stars

This season, the K-Wings spent 152 days in first place in the North Division and 16 days in second. Kalamazoo is the only team in the division not to spend any time in either third or fourth place.

Power Surge

One of the top teams in the regular season with a man-advantage, Kalamazoo has continued their power-play success in the playoffs. Through two games, the K-Wings are 3-for-6 on the power-play and lead the league with a percentage of 50-percent.

Stopping the Penalty Shots

Stopping a penalty shot in game two was nothing new for the K-Wings. Kalamazoo led the ECHL in the regular season with seven penalty shot attempts against (6-of-7 saved).

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 . The site has player profiles, information about Wings Stadium events, and much, much more.

K-Wings Live

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 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 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

Saturday, April 7th Vs Wheeling 7:30 PM (Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four)

*Monday, April 9th Vs Wheeling 7:00 PM (Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Five)

(* Denotes Games that Will Only Be Played If Necessary)

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