Kalamazoo, MI.- Kalamazoo had their three-game win streak snapped on Saturday night as the Cyclones topped Kalamazoo 2-1.
Kyle Blaney scored for the second consecutive night, while Kyle Thomas had his four-game point streak snapped.
Kalamazoo never led on Friday night before the final buzzer but changed that on Saturday, taking a 1-0 lead early in the second. Kyle Blaney opened the scoring when a mishandled pass by the Cyclones bounced to a wide-open Blaney in the high slot. Spinning around the forward quickly ripped a shot into the top corner of the net, giving the K-Wings the early lead 2:53 into the middle period. Cincinnati tied the game up just over midway through regulation on a breakaway. Alex Wideman broke into the zone all alone, wristing a shot past Jake Hildebrand, knotting the game at 1-1.
The tie remained intact until just shy of the midway point of the third period. Short-handed Pascal Aquin took a pass from Justin Lemcke, and took a rolling shot that jumped over Hildebrand, trickling into the net and giving the Cyclones the 2-1 lead. Kalamazoo would put the pressure on Cincinnati but Michael Houser shut the door stopping all 12 shots in the third period, sealing the 2-1 victory.
Jake Hildebrand finished the night stopping 28 of 30 shots, while Houser stopped 39 of 40. Both teams were held scoreless on the power play, going a combined 0-for-7.
Kalamazoo returns to action on Tuesday afternoon as the K-Wings host the Toledo Walleye on Education Day. Puck drop is set for 10:30am.
Kalamazoo Wings single game and season tickets are available now! More information can be gathered at www.kwings.com/seasontickets.
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