Kalamazoo, MI- Winning their first playoff series since the 2006-07 season, the Kalamazoo Wings defeated the Florida Everblades 5-3 in game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to win the series three game to one.
Earning his first point of the season the night before on the K-Wings game-winner, defenseman Corey Syvret notched his first-ever pro goal with a blue-line slap shot midway through the first period.
Pulling even in the final minute of the period, Dusty Collins tipped in a cross rink pass from Alexandre Imbeault over a sprawled out Ryan Nie.
Early in the second period, the K-Wings thought they had regained the lead when Justin Taylor lit the lamp; however, the goal would be disallowed, as Taylor kicked the puck across the goal line.
In game three, the K-Wings started the second period scoring two goals one minute apart from one another, in game four, Kalamazoo waited until the middle to duplicate the feat.
Avenging his disallowed tally, Taylor put the K-Wings ahead 2-1 earning his second goal of the playoffs on a redirected marker.
Forty-three seconds was all that elapsed before Kalamazoo found the back of the net again. Aaron Clarke got his first postseason goal, and became the sixteenth skater of sixteen to tally a point for the K-Wings during this first round matchup with the Everblades. Grabbing an assist on the goal was Trent Daavettila, who extended his playoff point streak to four games.
For Game Stats: http://echl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=8727.
The K-Wings will return to action in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against either the Reading Royals or the Cincinnati Cyclones. Dates and times TBD.
Catch all the K-Wings games, home and away, on the K-Wings Radio Network (95.9 FM WLKM & on kwings.com). Join the “Voice of the K-Wings” Mike Modugno for all 72 regular season games plus the playoffs. Pre-game coverage begins with the Kalsee Credit Union Pre-Game Show 15 minutes prior to face-off. For the most complete coverage of the K-Wings from the opening face-off to the final buzzer and the Discover Kalamazoo Post-Game Show, keep your radio tuned this season to the K-Wings Radio Network.
Single game tickets for the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and 2011-12 Season Tickets are on are on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office, Ticketmaster Outlets, including www.ticketmaster.com, Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, please call Wings Stadium Ticket Office during regular business hours at (269) 345-5101.
Tickets for all K-Wings second round playoff home games are on sale now and range in price from $12.90-$17.90 for adults and only $9.90 for kids ages 12 and under.
Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single game tickets advance because on the day of a game, K-Wings tickets are $1 more.
For more information about tonight’s game, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 349-9772, extension 220.