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October 29, 2021
ROBSON SHUTS DOWN K-WINGS ATTACK
Cincinnati goaltender stops all 32 Kalamazoo shots in a 1-0 Cyclones win at Wings Event Center.
KALAMAZOO, MI – An offense that managed five goals in its season opener six days ago ran into a hot goaltender Friday at Wings Event Center, as the Kalamazoo Wings (1-1-0-0) fell 1-0 to the Cincinnati Cyclones (2-0-0-0).
The K-Wings controlled the play for much of the opening period, outshooting Cincinnati 11-5 with nothing to show for it. The Cyclones were unsuccessful on two power plays in the frame, as the two teams reached the first intermission locked in a scoreless game.
Late in the second period, Louie Caporusso broke the deadlock when he fired home a Mike Gornall centering pass from the slot to beat goaltender Jet Greaves with just over three minutes left. Kalamazoo received two power plays in the stanza, but couldn’t solve Cyclones goaltender Mat Robson, who made 22 saves in the first two frames.
Robson turned away 10 more Kalamazoo shots in the final period and the Cyclones killed off two more penalties to preserve the 1-0 shutout.
Greaves stopped 18 of 19 shots in his first professional loss. It was also the third straight start the rookie goaltender allowed exactly one goal, after helping Cleveland beat Belleville 2-1 in the American Hockey League last Saturday and backstopping Kalamazoo to a 4-1 preseason win over Toledo on Oct. 16.
The K-Wings welcome the defending Kelly Cup Champion Fort Wayne Komets to Wings Event Center for Kalamazoo’s annual Orange Ice game Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to dress up in their most creative Halloween costumes. A costume contest will be held on the ice during the first intermission.
The Kalamazoo Wings are a professional hockey team located in southwest Michigan that has been a staple in the Kalamazoo, MI professional sports landscape since 1974. The K-Wings compete in the ECHL and are the AA affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets and American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.