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January 15, 2022
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Wings (19-12-0-0) ensured Neil Meadmore remembered his night, and scored a downpour of goals in the second period to beat the Cincinnati Cyclones (20-11-1-0) by a score of 5-3 at Wings Event Center on Saturday.
On a night when one of the greatest K-Wings of all time had his No. 27 enshrined in the rafters for eternity at the Event Center, Kalamazoo out-worked another Central Division opponent to earn its fourth straight victory.
Let’s be honest, though. The second period was bananas.
Jake Slaker (8) and Logan Lambdin (9) netted the first period goals within the first 12 minutes of the game. Then Cincinnati climbed back in it with two goals in a span of 1:48 to end the period tied, 2-2.
Then the air was taken straight out of the building when Cincinnati scored just over two minutes into the second.
The 4,077 K-Wings fans in attendance had just watched a two-goal lead dissipate in front of their eyes. But the K-Wings continued to work.
It took only seven minutes for the K-Wings to dismantle the Cyclones, but by the time they were finished the Event Center was rocking.
First, Matheson Iacopelli (3) scored at the 8:04 mark after a great hustle play where Kyle Blaney (10) rushed into the zone to find him to tie the game at 3.
Then the Captain, Justin Taylor (12), pumped in the game winning goal with 1:38 remaining in the second and the Event Center erupted.
But before fans could find their seats after the Taylor goal, Jake Slaker (9) struck again. Just 38 seconds later to be exact, and that would cap Slakers three point night (2G, 1A).
The K-Wings played arguably their best defensive period of the season in the third and put a ribbon on Meadmore’s night by winning their fourth straight game.
Tyler Gorsuch (8-7) continued his outstanding play and earned his third win of the week. Gorsuch finished with 33 saves on the night.
Next up for Kalamazoo is a trip to Fort Wayne (17-12-4-0) for a tilt tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. The winner will move into sole possession of 3rd place in the Central Division.
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.