Fueled by Third Period Power Plays, Indy Tops Kalamazoo
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The ECHL's third ranked power play scored three times on seven opportunities, including twice in the third period Saturday as the Indy Fuel (12-13-0-0) defeated the Kalamazoo Wings (7-13-3-0), 5-2 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Joe Sullivan skated out of the corner and scored Indy's Teddy Bear Toss goal 59 seconds into the game, as the Fuel led 1-0 through the first period. Both teams were unsuccessful on power plays in the frame, as Indy held a 13-7 shots advantage.
Kalamazoo peppered Charles Williams with 18 second period shots leading to Zach Frye's first goal of the season, a blast from the right point that tied the game at 1-1. The Fuel went back in front with their first of three power play goals on seven opportunities, when Keoni Texeira fired a shot through traffic past Jake Hildebrand to put Indy back in front heading into a wild third period.
Indy received a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period for a full two minutes and scored twice to push its lead to 4-1. First, Mikael Hakkarainen tapped in a centering pass from the edge of the crease. Spencer Watson then ripped a wrist shot through a screen from the slot on the seventh Fuel power play.
Kalamazoo received its second power play of the game midway through the third period and Zach Diamantoni knocked in a loose puck to cut the Wings' deficit to two. But the Fuel picked up an empty net goal late to finish their 5-2 win.
The K-Wings return home for a 3:00 p.m. matinee Sunday against the Cincinnati Cyclones at Wings Event Center. Kalamazoo's promotion in Pucks and Paws, where fans can bring their dogs to the game for just $5 for dog tickets. Keep an eye out for the dog race on the ice during the intermission and stick around after the game for a postgame skate with the players.
Kalamazoo Wings 3-Packs are now available online! Reserve your tickets for the three biggest games in the best seats with the best eats. Visit kwings.com for more information about all the perks that come with a K-Wings 3-Pack!
The Kalamazoo Wings are a professional hockey team located in southwest Michigan that has been a staple in the Kalamazoo, MI professional sports landscape since 1974. The K-Wings compete in the ECHL and are the AA affiliate of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.
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