READING, Pa – Recording a season-high 70 minutes in penalties, 51 of them in the third period, the Kalamazoo Wings had their six-game road winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss in Reading.
Led by back-to-back goals late in the opening period , Reading scored two goals in a span of 38 seconds apart and never looked back. Yannick Tifu (4th) started the scoring with a power-play goal 15:54 into the first period.
After winning the ensuing face-off, Ethan Cox took a slap from between the circles to increase Reading’s lead to 2-0.
Cutting the lead in half early in the second period, Yanni Gourde (12th) recorded his team-best fifth power-play goal of the season 1:07 into the period.
Tifu (6th) extended the Royals lead back to three goals midway in the stanza scoring his second of the night on a breakaway marker.
Coming out strong in the third period, Louie Caporusso notched his seventh goal of the season 48 seconds into the period to push the Royals lead to three goals.
Capitalizing on one of their seven power-plays in the third, Marvin Degon (1st) scored on a five-on-three 14:48 into the stanza.
Gourde (13th) stopped the Royals three-goal run by recording his second tally of the night with under two minutes remaining in regulation.
Kalamazoo finished the game 1-for-6 with a man-advantage, while Reading went 2-for-12.