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Kalamazoo Wings to face Toledo Walleye in first round of Kelly Cup Playoffs

Published: 138 days ago




 

KALAMAZOO, MI— The Kalamazoo Wings will face the Toledo Walleye in the opening round of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs, beginning on Friday, April 14 at the Huntington Center in Toledo.

The entire schedule for the best-of-seven Division Semi-Final between the Wings and Walleye is as follows:

·         Friday, April 14 @ Toledo, 7:35 p.m.

·         Saturday, April 15 @ Toledo, 7:35 p.m.

·         Tuesday, April 18 @ Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.

·         Wednesday, April 19 @ Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.

·         Friday, April 21 @ Toledo, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)

·         Sunday, April 23 @ Kalamazoo, 3 p.m. (if necessary)

·         Tuesday, April 25 @ Toledo, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)

Each division will have four representatives in the postseason, with the top seed in each division playing the bottom seed, and the second and third ranked teams squaring off in the first round. The winner of the Kalamazoo and Toledo series will meet the winner of the Fort Wayne and Quad City series.

Kalamazoo and Toledo have never met in the ECHL playoffs, and the two teams have met just once in their respective franchise histories during the post season. The Toledo Goaldiggers defeated the Kalamazoo Wings in a best of three quarterfinal series during the 1984 IHL playoffs.

2016-17 head-to-head:

                                                Kalamazoo                                         Toledo

Record                                     4-5-0-1                                               6-3-0-1

Leading scorers in series       Taylor (4 G, 5 A)                                 Rankin (4 G, 7 A)

                                                Kessel (2 G, 5 A)                                Berschbach (3 G, 7 A)

                                                Scheidl (4 G, 2 A)                               Tyson Spink (3 G, 7 A)

Goalies                                    Martin (2-5-0, 3.95, .878%)                 Paterson (4-3-1, 2.36, .926%)

                                                Riopel (2-0-0, 1.95, .933%)                 Heeter (2-0-0, 1.44, .941%)

Power play                              4/31 (12.9%)                                       11/45 (24.4%)

Penalty kill                               34/45 (75.6%)                                     27/31 (87.1%)

 

2016-17 overall:

                                                Kalamazoo                                         Toledo

Record                                    37-29-1-3                                            48-17-2-2

Leading scorers                      Taylor (31 G, 28 A)                             Berschbach (18 G, 60 A)

                                                Schneider (20 G, 31 A)                       Tyson Spink (33 G, 39 A)

                                                Scheidl (25 G, 22 A)                           Tylor Spink (27 G, 45 A)

Goalies                                    Martin (18-18-3, 3.21, .902%)             Paterson (32-13-2, 2.34, .916%)

                                                Riopel (18-11-1, 3.00, .903%)              Heeter (13-2-1, 3.12, .892%)

Power play                              41/288 (14.2%)                                    69/278 (24.8%)

Penalty kill                               212/259 (81.9%)                                 185/214 (86.4%)

 

Tickets for every first round playoff game at Wings Event Center are $10 for any seat except for the first row seats on the glass which sell for $20. They are currently on sale at the Wings Event Center box office or online at http://kwings.com/SingleGameTickets.

Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the minor league hockey team Kalamazoo Wings and a full entertainment venue offering concerts, sporting events, family shows and trade shows. Built in 1974, Wings Event Center values partnerships with the community to bring events and attractions that enrich the lives of residents in the Kalamazoo area.

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