CINCINNATI, Ohio – Trent Daavetilla netted the game-winning goal late in the third period to send the Kalamazoo Wings (27-20-2-3) to a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones (22-21-6-3) in front of 2,426 at U.S. Bank Arena on Monday afternoon. With the win, Kalamazoo is now unbeaten in regulation play over its last seven games (6-0-0-1).
After several chances for both sides, Cincinnati drew first blood with just 30 seconds left in the opening period when Paul McIlveen slammed home a rebound past Wings netminder Riley Gill (W, 22 saves, 9-6-0) for his eighth goal of the season. With that tally, McIlveen has now earned a point in five consecutive contests and gave the Cyclones a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes.
In a penalty-filled second period, Kalamazoo buried the only goal; just seconds after a Cyclones penalty had expired, Kory Karlander's turn-around wrist shot eluded Cyclones goalie Brian Foster (L, 30 saves, 1-1-0) to knot the score at one with 15:23 gone. Despite the tally, Cincinnati's penalty-kill unit extinguished a total of six Kalamazoo power plays heading into the second intermission.