After winning their first game of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Indy Fuel on Tuesday night, the Kalamazoo Wings (2-4-0-0) kept the good times rolling on Friday with a victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones.
The K-Wings Justin Taylor put the good guys on the board midway into the opening period with his first goal of the season. Forcing a turnover at the Cyclones’ blue line, Ludwig Blomstrand created a three-on-one opportunity. Blomstrand lifted a pass to Steven Kaunisto, who found Taylor in the high slot. After a patient toe drag, Taylor lifted a backhander over the blocker of Brandon Whitney.
Midway through the second period, the Cyclones evened the game up at one. Buzzing around the K-Wings’ defensive zone, Cincinnati took advantage of open ice in front of the net of Joel Martin. The traffic gave Garrett Noonan the opportunity to lift the puck to the top corner, over Martin’s glove.
The Cincinnati Cyclones thought they had taken a one-goal lead on a Zach Budish tip in the second period, but the officials immediately waved off the would-be tally as it was played with a high stick.
Powered by their turn of fortunes, the Wings would take a 2-1 lead with a power play marker. Alex Mallet’s initial shot was stopped by the pads of Whitney, and Adam Phillips found himself in perfect position to bury the rebound for his second tally of the season.
The Cyclones began the final frame with extended pressure, but a series of timely saves from Martin gave his team the chance to extend their lead to 3-1. Justin Kovacs lifted a pass to Lane Scheidl who was streaking through the neutral zone, creating a two-on-one break. With Tyler Shattock being shadowed by a Cincinnati defender, Scheidl called his own number to pick the top corner and slam the door shut for Kalamazoo.
The Kalamazoo Wings will return to action on Wednesday, November 4th, for a special 10:30 A.M faceoff against the Adirondack Thunder, as the Wings will host kids from local schools for their first of two education day games.
By Mark McGlothlen