KALAMAZOO, Mich – Suffering their worse defeat of the season, the Kalamazoo Wings lost 9-2 to the Greenville Road Warriors during the 32nd Annual “World Famous” St. Patrick’s Day Green Ice Game.
Sluggish in the first period, Kalamazoo fell behind Greenville 3-0 early. Finding the puck at the right circle, Jordie Johnston (19th) walked to the slot and beat Joel Martin 6:17 into the contest.
Cashing in on a rebound off a Zach Cohen wrap around 13:10 into the contest, Steve Mele earned his first goal of the season.
Early in the second period, the Road Warriors connected on their first power-play of the game with Johnston’s (20th) second-goal of the night.
Kalamazoo broke through the scoring column 6:44 into the stanza with a marker from Alexandre Mallet (10th).
Despite the goal, Kalamazoo’s momentum would be short lived, as off the ensuing face-off Ben Woodley (1st) needed only 10 seconds to reclaim a four-goal cushion for the Road Warriors.
Less than two minutes later, Mele (2nd) scored this second rebound marker of the afternoon.
Capitalizing on a two-man power-play, the Road Warriors struck again, this time with a goal from Matt Lowrey (1st) 17:36 into the period.
Trying to spark the K-Wings to start the third, goaltender Ryan Daniels came into replace Martin (29-22-4-1), who left the game with 24 saves on 31 shots.
Daniels was tested early in the third period, as Sean Berkstresser earned his 13th goal of the season on a backhander.
John Armstrong extended his point streak to an ECHL season-best 16 games later in the period by assisting on Mitch Versteeg’s sixth-goal of the season 4:07 into the period.
Hobbs (9th) closed out the scoring two minutes later notching his second-goal of the game.
In relief, Daniels made eight saves in the final period.
The nine goals surrendered by the K-Wings is a new season-high for goals allowed in a single-game, as well the most allowed during the annual Green Ice classic. The previous high on Green Ice was seven goals (2009 Vs Muskegon and 2010 Vs Wheeling).
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