Walleye clip K-Wings
Kalamazoo - Generating the majority of the offense for the entire game, the Toledo Walleye, powered by a three- goal performance from Kyle Bonis, defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 6-3 at the Wings Event Center.
Throwing a flurry of shots at Joel Martin, the Walleye struck for the first goal of the contest. Finding space from a sharp angle, Joe Stejskal fired a shot, which rebounded to the tape of Justin Daniels for his fifth goal of the season.
Giving themselves a little breathing room, Toledo found the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead with a power play marker. Tyler Barnes skated to the right circle and lifted a wrister over the glove of Martin.
Trying to keep their offensive press alive in the second stanza, Tyler Barnes generated a penalty shot after being tripped up on a breakaway. Martin would keep the deficit at two goals with a sprawling save on a Barnes backhander
Just 10 seconds after begin denied on a penalty shot, Toledo grew the lead to three goals when Bonis (32nd) fired a shot from the top of the right circle, which deflected off a K-Wings skate and into the net.
Bonis (33rd) tacked on his second of the night midway in the period with the team's second power-play marker. Following the goal, the K-Wings swapped Martin with Oscar Dansk. Martin finished the night with 14 saves on 18 shots.
The goaltender swap didn't slow down the Walleye, who added to their advantage when A.J. Jenks (10th) scored on a wrap-around chance that bounced off the back of Dansk's leg and into the net.
Giving the K-Wings life early in the third, Ludwig Blomstrand (31st) launched the puck from the right circle over the blocker of Toledo goaltender Jordan Ruby. The goal extended Blomstrand's team-lead in goals scored.
Gergo Nagy (15th) took a Matt Caria pass from the right circle to bring Kalamazoo to within three goals. The assist extends Caria's point streak to four-games.
Halting the K-Wings comeback dreams, the Walleye extended their lead to 6-2. Bonis completed the hat-trick for his 34th of the season. Streaking down the left wing, Bonis lifted a wrister over the blocker of Dansk.
Bonis' three-goal performance marked the second time in as many games the K-Wings have surrendered a hat trick in a game.
Tacking on a late goal, Dane Fox chipped in his 25th of the campaign to make it a 6-3 game.
Dansk finished the game with 16 saves on 18 shots while earning a no-decision.
The K-Wings will remain at home tomorrow, Saturday April 4th with a 8 p.m. versus the Wheeling Nailers on Autism Awareness Night presented by Sam's Club.
The game has been moved from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. face-off to allow fans of Michigan State basketball to watch the Final Four and not miss any of the hockey game. The main lobby doors to the Wings Event Center will open 5:50 p.m. to give fans the chance to watch the MSU game from the opening tip to the final buzzer on the largest video board southwest Michigan.
As a reminder anyone coming to upcoming to events at Wings Event Center, including K-Wings hockey, may have to find alternate routes to the facility due to the closure of the Sprinkle Road exit (exit 80) on I-94. Last week, Wings Event Center announced several ways for guests to arrive to the complex. Click here for alternate routes.
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