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K-Wings drop two of three in Florida

While most of the State of Michigan headed to Florida this week to enjoy fun in the sun for spring break, the Kalamazoo Wings (37-29-1-3) were in Florida for three games against the Florida Everblades (44-20-2-3).
After dropping a 6-2 decision to the Everblades on Wednesday night, the K-Wings hoped to regroup for their rematch on Friday night.
Starting off on the right note, the K-Wings Scott Henegar scored just 33 seconds into the opening period to give the K-Wings an early lead.
Newcomer Tyler Heinonen, signed this past Wednesday after he wrapped up his four-year career at Michigan Tech, ended the period just as the K-Wings started it; with a goal.
The goal by Heinonen was his first professional goal.
Taking a 3-0 lead in the second period while on a five-on-three power play, Peter Schneider scored his 17th of the season sending a wrist shot to the net and past goaltender Anthony Peters.
Bouncing back into the game later in the period, the Everblades struck for two goals to make it a 3-2 game. Mike Ferrantino and Mitchell Heard scored for Florida.
Scott Henegar added his 14th of the season just under two minutes later to give the K-Wings a 4-2 advantage.
Peter Schneider netted a hat trick and added an assist, while Nick Riopel made 30 stops on the way to his 14th win in his last 16 starts, and the Kalamazoo Wings erupted for a 7-5 victory over the Florida Everblades Friday night at Germain Arena.

Coming out swinging in the third, the Everblades once again tallied two straight goals to make it a 4-4 game. Brendan O’Donnell and Brant Harris scored for the Everblades.

The K-Wings regained the lead midway into the period as Schneider notched his second of the game and 18th of the season to make it a 5-4 game.

Clawing their way back once again, Josh Wesley pulled the Everblades even with the K-Wings once again to make it a 5-5 game.

Nipping any potential momentum from the Everblades in the bud, the K-Wings Brian Hart took a Cam Darcy pass to the net for this fourth goal of the year and giving the K-Wings a 6-5 lead. Schneider added an empty net goal late in the period to give the K-Wings a hard fought 7-5 win.

On Saturday, the K-Wings dropped a 5-3 decision to the Everblades. Hart, Schneider and Tanner Sorenson scored for the K-Wings.
The K-Wings continue their four game road trip with a game in Wheeling, WV against the Nailers on Friday and then wrap up the regular season on Saturday at home versus the Nailers. Game time on Saturday is 7 pm.

K-Wings News and Notes
Friday vs. Florida: Peter Schneider has points in eleven straight games… Nick Riopel is 14-2-0 in his last 16 starts… The Wings finished the month of March with a 10-4-0 record… Kalamazoo handed Florida their first Friday night regulation home loss of the season… Kalamazoo scored on three of their four shots on goal during the third period…Kalamazoo’s seven goals set a new single-game high for the season.
Saturday vs. Florida: With a Quad City victory, the K-Wings will play the Toledo Walleye in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs… Peter Schneider’s point streak improved to 12-straight games and he has tallied eight points in his last three games…Schneider finished the year with ten points in four games against his former team… Kalamazoo finished the season 2-2-0 against the Everblades this season… The K-Wings were outshot 56-24 during the loss… Kalamazoo’s power play went 0/2 and the penalty kill went 8/9. The Wings finished the game with only 13 skaters due to injuries.

Submitted by Mark McGlothlen

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