Kalamazoo (4-6-0-1) at Cincinnati (9-3-2-0)
7:35 pm | US Bank Arena
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Last Time Out:
Kalamazoo got goals from Zach Saar and Aleksandr Mikulovich on Saturday night but Brampton came out on top, defeating the K-Wings 4-2. Saar's tally opened the scoring and gave the K-Wings a short lived lead as the Beast tied the game just under two minutes later. In the middle frame Brampton outscored Kalamazoo 3-1 to give themselves a 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission. Neither team would score in the third, as Brampton handing the K-Wings their second straight loss by a final of 4-2. Zach Saar, in his third game of the season, netted a pair of points, while Justin Taylor did the same with a two assist game.
Saturday is the fourth meeting between Kalamazoo and Cincinnati, and the second meeting at U.S. Bank Arena. The visiting team has won each of the first three meetings, including a 4-3 overtime victory for the K-Wings on Oct. 26. Saturday night is also the first of two consecutive games for the K-Wings in the Queen City. The teams play a total of 11 times this season. The current Saturday-Wednesday pairing is the last time however that the teams will play back-to-back games.
Scouting the Cyclones:
Saturday night will be the Cyclones third game of the weekend, while only the K-Wings first. Brady Vail (14) Alex Wideman (13) and Jesse Schultz (13) lead the way for the Cyclones, each averaging at least a point per game through the first 14 games of the season. Vail, who has seven goals on the year, is tied with Justin Vaive for the team lead in goals, while Schultz leads the team in assists with 12. Right behind those three is forward Myles Powell who heads into Saturday night riding a four-game goal streak. Over the four-game streak, Powell has scored six goals. Between the pipes Jonas Johansson (8gp) and Michael Houser (6gp) have shared goaltending duties this season. Johansson, who started the last two games, is 5-2-1-0, while Houser is 4-1-1-0.
Schools weren't the only thing cancelled on Thursday morning in Toledo as the K-Wings had their midweek matchup with the Cincinnati Cyclones cancelled due to weather. The teams will make up the game at a later date that is yet to be determined. The contest would have been the fourth of the year between the Wings and Walleye.
Winging It On the Man-Advantage:
Kalamazoo has scored a power play goal in each of the last three games, bringing the power play to 10.2 percent on the season. After being held scoreless in a four game stretch that lasted 21 attempts, the K-Wings power play has converted on 20% of chances in the last three games (3-for-15). All five of the K-Wings tallies with the man-advantage this season have been scored by a different player. In addition, Zach Diamantoni and Kyle Thomas are the only players with more than one point on the man-advantage. Each have two assists.
Tayls of Scoring:
Linemates Justin Taylor and Zach Saar each recorded multi-point nights on Saturday night, each netting a pair. Taylor leads the K-Wings through the first 11 games of the season averaging a point per game. The forward has notched at least a point in five of his last six games, including two multi-point games. Taylor has three-multi point games so far this season. Saar, who missed the start of the season due to an injury, recorded only the second multi-point game of his career. He also became the 13th player to score for the K-Wings this year with his goal.
After a three game road-swing the K-Wings return home on Black Friday to host the Ft. Wayne Komets. Only two of the K-Wings final seven games in the month of November will take place at home, however Kalamazoo returns home in December in a big way playing 11 of 15 games at Wings Event Center. After opening December in Wheeling the K-Wings only play three more road games, making trips to Brampton and Ft. Wayne (twice).