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K-Wings win two against Admirals; Playoffs on the horizon

Justin Taylor scored his 30th and 31st goals of the season on Saturday night as the K-Wings defeated the Norfolk Admirals. Photo submitted by Darlene Ferrari
Justin Taylor scored his 30th and 31st goals of the season on Saturday night as the K-Wings defeated the Norfolk Admirals. Photo submitted by Darlene Ferrari

Needing just one point to secure a playoff spot in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs, the Kalamazoo Wings (36-27-1-3) did just a little bit better this past weekend, they earned all four possible points.

Playing the Norfolk Admirals (25-37-4-0) twice this past weekend, the K-Wings defeated the Admirals 5-3 on Friday night and 5-3 on Saturday night.

Josh Pitt led the K-Wings both nights as he scored four points in each game. On Friday he scored a hat-trick and added an assist while goaltender Nick Riopel stopped 36 of the 39 shots he faced in the win. Cameron Darcy and Tanner Sorenson also scored.

On Saturday, Pitt had three assists and an empty-net goal while Joel Martin turned away 26 of the 29 shots he saw in route to their second victory in two days over the Admirals. Justin Taylor added a pair of goals, his 30th and 31st on the season and Peter Schneider and Sorenson also scored.

The K-Wings head south this week as they travel to Estero, Florida to take on the Florida Everblades on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The K-Wings last home regular season game is on April 8th as they take on the Wheeling Nailers.
K-Wings News and Notes:

Friday vs. Norfolk: Kalamazoo notched a playoff berth for the fourth straight year and for the eighth time under the direction of Nick Bootland… Nick Riopel is 13-2-0 in his last 15 starts… Peter Schneider extended his point streak to eight games… Josh Pitt’s four points sets a season high for a Kalamazoo skater…Kalamazoo went 1/1 on the power play and went 2/2 on the penalty kill.

Saturday vs. Norfolk: Peter Schneider has points in nine straight games… Josh Pitt has eight points in his last two games and 10 points in his last four outings… Joel Martin has won three straight decisions… Kalamazoo has won four straight games…Kalamazoo ended the season with a 4-0-0 record against Norfolk…The Wings are 11-3-0 in their last 14 games… Kalamazoo remains four points behind Quad City for the third seed in the Central Division playoff picture.

By: Mark C. McGlothlen

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