KALAMAZOO, Mich – The Kalamazoo Wings ended the Reading Royals road warrior status at Wings Stadium with a 2-1 victory over the defending Kelly Cup Champions.
Reading had been on a tear entering Friday night’s game undefeated on the road with a record of 3-0-0-0 and a perfect 5-0-0-0 when holding a lead entering the final 20 minutes.
Kalamazoo entered the third period shorthanded but that did not stop the K-Wings dynamic scoring duo. Eric Kattelus dug out the puck from the left corner to Yanni Gourde, who snuck in front and tied the game with a backhander 1:33 into the period.
Later in the period, Gourde earned his team-leading 11th point of the season on a secondary assist. Finding room at the point, Mike Matczak sent a slap shot that was deflected by Sebastian Wannstrom (1st), who was making his team debut after being reassigned to Kalamazoo by the St. Louis Blues earlier in the morning.
Earning his second consecutive victory, Jordan Binnington (2-2-0-0) made nine of his game-high 27 saves in the final period.