The Cincinnati Cyclones have pulled to within six points of the top spot in the North Division, as the second place Cyclones defeated the first place Kalamazoo Wings 5-3 Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena.
A defensive struggle for the first 17 minutes of the first period featuring sprawling saves from both Maxime Clermont and Chet Pickard, turned in an offensive explosion, as Dan Eves (12th) scored on an innocent backhander 17:54 into the period.
Responding just 15 seconds later, Bryan Haczyk laid a centering pass off the tape of Dustin Cloutier (8th) to tie the game at 1-1.
While the game looked like it would remain tied heading into the locker room, Eric Kattelus (7th) changed the complexion with a slap shot tally with just 7.6 seconds remaining in the stanza to give the K-Wings the advantage after 20 minutes.
Bryan Haczyk (14th) extended the K-Wings lead early in the second period with a right circle slap shot. Seven out of Haczyk’s 14 goals this season have come against the Cyclones.
Mounting a comeback midway in the period, Mathieu Aubin (20th) earned his first of two goals with a penalty shot. The penalty shot attempt was a league-high fifth of the season allowed by the K-Wings and the first that was successful.
Aubin (21st) earned his second-goal of the night with less than three minutes remaining in the stanza with a blast from the right circle.
The Cyclones reclaimed the lead 40 seconds later, when Mathew Sisca capped off a three-on-one odd man rush with his 18th goal of the season.
Sisca (19th) struck again tacking on insurance late in the third to close out the scoring.
The K-Wings will return home to Wings Stadium Sunday, February 26th with a 4 p.m. face off versus the Wheeling Nailers on a Family Hockey in the ‘ZOO, featuring every kid’s favorite adventurer, Dora the Explorer, presented by Meijer, Pepsi, Charter and the Kalamazoo Gazette.
The first 500 kids will receive a FREE K-Wings Dry-Erase Goalie Mask, presented by Pepsi and all fans can skate with the team after the game (skate rental is $3).
Sunday will also be the K-Wings annual Faith Night, which will feature two concerts, from Christian recording artist, Please Promise at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both shows will feature speaker, Pastor Taylor Downs Russell, Minister of Youth & Young Adults at Second Reformed Church, with the theme of “The Ultimate Goal”.
During the 2 p.m. show, K-Wings defenseman Sam Ftorek will give a testimonial.
Tickets for all K-Wings home games are $12.90 and $16.90 for adults and only $6.90 for kids ages 12 and under. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice games and New Year’s Eve game) are just $1 more. Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single game tickets in advance because tickets purchased on the day of a game increase by $1.
Submitted by Mike Modugno