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Martin cruises, Wings dominate third period in road win over Mavericks

Thursday, November 30th
Martin cruises, Wings dominate third period in road win over Mavericks

INDEPENDENCE, MO—The Kalamazoo Wings surged in the third period and scored three goals, while Joel Martin made 31 stops on 32 shots, helping propel Kalamazoo over the Kansas City Mavericks by a 4-1 score on Wednesday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Kalamazoo were required to weather a storm of chances from Kansas City in the opening minutes of the first period, and the Mavericks’ sustained pressure yielded results at the 12:41 mark of the frame. A long shot from Kayle Doetzel was redirected in front of the net by Shawn Pauly, who tipped in his eighth goal of the season for the opening period’s only tally.

It was all Wings coming out of the first intermission, and Tyler Heinonen tied the game at one, just 1:17 into the middle frame. Kyle Blaney fired the puck towards the net from the right wing, and after Tyler Parsons made the initial stop, Heinonen crashed the goal and batted home the bouncing puck for his third of the year. It was the lone goal in the second period and sent the two teams into the dressing rooms in a 1-1 stalemate.

Earning a power play early in the third period, Kalamazoo took their first lead of the night. Justin Taylor worked the puck free to Eric Kattelus, who snapped a wrist shot past Parsons, giving the Wings a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.

Shortly after killing off their fourth penalty of the game, Kalamazoo padded their gap with another third-period marker. Scott Henegar carried the puck through center in transition, and Tyler Biggs joined him for a two-on-one after being released from the penalty box. Henegar called his own number on the attack and flung a perfectly-placed wrist shot past the stick side of Parsons, opening up the Wings’ lead to a pair of goals.

With under a minute to go, Heinonen sealed the victory with his second goal of the night into the Mavericks’ empty net. It allowed the Wings to cruise to a 4-1 road triumph.

Next: Kalamazoo @ Kansas City Mavericks- Friday, December 1, 8:05 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Broadcast information: Friday’s game will air on AM 1660 The Fan in Kalamazoo or online at www.1660thefan.com/listen-live.

Stats: https://www.echl.com/stats/game-center/15159

Single-game tickets are on sale! Tickets start as low as $10 and can be purchased at http://kwings.com/SingleGameTickets or at the Wings Event Center box office.

Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the Kalamazoo Wings professional hockey team 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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