Kalamazoo Scores Three Unanswered to Defeat Toledo
Kalamazoo, MI- The Kalamazoo Wings capped off their first ECHL regular season by defeating the Toledo Walleye 3-2 on Saturday at Wings Stadium and in the process captured the North Division title.
A night before it was the K-Wings that scored on their first shot of the game, 24 hours later, the Walleye returned the favor by scoring on a slap shot from Anthony Perdicaro (1st) 47 seconds into the game. The goal was Perdicaro's first point in his professional career.
Toledo increased their lead 1:52 into the second period with a power-play marker from Kyle Page. The goal was Page's first in his professional career.
Down 2-0, Kalamazoo cut the deficit in half late in the period with a goal from Brian McGuirk (15th). Camped out in front of Toledo's Jordan Pearce, McGuirk deflected a back handed shot from Louis Liotti with 13 seconds remaining in the period. Besides Liotti, Dean Strong also assisted on the goal to extend his home point streak to 16 games.
Just 3-18-2-2 entering Saturday night when trailing after two periods of play, the K-Wings didn't let statistics get in the way of history.
Scoring the equalizer 6:17 into the third period with a quick hand-eye coordination tally from Sam Ftorek (26th). After a wrist shot from Strong was deflected and popped into the air, Ftorek, who in a single motion from in front of the Walleye net, caught the puck and brought it to his back hand for the goal.
With less than three minutes left, Andrew Fournier (27th) attempted to pass the puck cross rink to Ftorek; however, the pass caromed off a Toledo defender and into the net for the eventual game-winner. The goal was Fournier team-leading 71st point of the season.
Wrapping up the regular season tonight, the K-Wings will begin the playoffs this Tuesday, April 6th with a 7 p.m. face-off versus the Reading Royals in game one of the American Conference Quarterfinals.
Giving fans in the mood for the teams first Kelly Cup Playoff run, Wings Stadium has decided to expand the $1 beer, $1 hot dog promotion to include all round one postseason home games.
While supplies last, fans attending game one and two of the series will receive a FREE playoff rally towel courtesy of the United Kennel Club.
Single-game tickets for any of the K-Wings Kelly Cup playoff home games are currently on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call Wings Stadium Ticket Office during regular business hours at (269) 345-5101.
For more information about tonight's game, please contact director of public relations/broadcaster Mike Modugno at (269) 349-9772 extension 220.
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