K-Wings Grounded in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, OH - Logan Lambdin scored for the third game in a row as the Kalamazoo Wings (7-5-0-0) fell to the Cincinnati Cyclones (9-5-0-0) by a score of 6-2 on Friday night at Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati.
The Cyclones took control in the first frame. Cyclones Forward Yushiroh Hirano opened the scoring with a slapshot from the blue line 4:56 into the period. Two minutes later, Cincinnati struck again. This time it was Justin Vaive who tapped in a goal when the K-Wings turned the puck over in their own zone. Cincinnati found the net for a third time on a backhanded wrister from forward Patrick Paulino to make it 3-0 at the end of the first period.
The second period got off to a slower start. Things picked up quickly after Cincinnati defender Jack Van Boekel received a match penalty for committing a cross-check to the head of K-Wings forward Greg Betzold. Betzold was down on the ice for several minutes but did skate off with assistance. Betzold did not return to the game.
Following a series of penalties, Cincinnati found the net again on a breakaway from forward Jesse Schultz. Kalamazoo would finally get on the board with 2:13 remaining in the second. Logan Lambdin faked his first shot, created space, and found the back of the net to make it 4-1.
With 10:07 remaining in the third, the K-Wings would cut the lead in half. After a succession of shots, Giovanni Vallati cleaned up the mess with a shot to the top shelf to make it 4-2 Cincinnati. Four and half minutes later, Cyclones forward Lukas Craggs scored on a slapshot from the left circle. Craggs came out of the penalty box unaccounted for on a breakaway to find the net. Cincinnati Forward Mason Mitchell added one more insurance goal for the Cyclones with 51 seconds remaining to close out the game 6-2.
Kalamazoo goaltender Trevor Gorsuch saved 21 of the 27 shots he faced. Cyclones goalie Mat Robson stopped 23 of 25 shots in the victory.
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