Bradley, Hildebrand Power K-Wings to Game 5 Victory
Kalamazoo Forces Game 6 with 2-1 Victory
April 20, 2019
For Immediate Release
Kalamazoo, MI.- A early second period goal from Brendan Bradley paired with a 20-save performance from Jake Hildebrand was the recipe for the K-Wings on Saturday night as they topped the Cyclones 2-1, forcing Game 6 on Tuesday night in Cincinnati.
The K-Wings scored first for the second straight night and fourth time in the series, this time on the power play. Kyle Bushee let a shot from the left point fly through traffic towards the cage. Parked in front Tanner Sorenson tipped the puck past Michael Houser to give the K-Wings the 1-0 lead.
Kalamazoo doubled the lead less than a minute into the middle frame. Brendan Bradley looped through the high slot before wristing a shot into the top corner, putting the K-Wings up 2-0. Late in the second Ben Johnson got the Cyclones on the board, swatting a puck from the left circle past Jake Hildebrand to cut the lead to 2-1. Johnson’s goal was all the Cyclones would score though, as Hildebrand shut the door the rest of the way. Kalamazoo held onto the one goal lead, weathering a late storm and skating out of Wings Event Center with a 2-1 victory.
Hildebrand finished the night making 20 saves on 21 shots en route to his second victory of the post season. Houser stopped 32 of 34 shots in the defeat. Kalamazoo finished the night 1-for-6 on the man-advantage while holding the Cyclones scoreless on five attempts.
The Cyclones hold the edge in the best-of-seven series, leading the K-Wings 3-2. Kalamazoo and Cincinnati will play Game 6 on Tuesday night with puck drop set for 7:35 pm.
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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.