K-Wings drop season opener Evansville defeats Kalamazoo 2-0

EVANSVILLE, Ind – Led by a 25-save performance by Mike Clemente (1-0-0-0), the Evansville IceMen defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 2-0 Saturday night at the Ford Center.

All the scoring Clemente and the IceMen would need came in the opening period. Early in the game, a pair of penalties against Kalamazoo put the K-Wings on their heels, which gave Evansville the chance to connect on their second power-play opportunity of the night when Nathan Moon (1st) knocked in a Joe Lavin rebound 4:39 into the contest.

After Kalamazoo squandered two power-play attempts midway in the period, a turnover at the IceMen blue line would turn into a breakaway for Evansville. While the initial opportunity from Peter Sakaris was denied by Joel Martin, Mike Seidel would put in the rebound to push the IceMen’s lead to two goals.Evansville-IceMen-Logo-Screen

Despite physical play in the remaining two periods that gave plenty of scoring chances for both teams, neither team was able to light the lamp. The K-Wings closest opportunity occurred with 3:05 remaining in regulation with a shot from David Pacan hit the crossbar and bounced away from the net.

Martin (0-1-0-0) finished the game with 25 saves in the loss.

The defeat marked the first time in their ECHL history (4-1-0-0) that the K-Wings have dropped their season opener.

Including preseason, the K-Wings have now been shutout in back-to-back games, both of which were on the road.

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