Two days after receiving a beating on their own home ice, the Kalamazoo Wings (39-24-2-6) returned the favor by defeating the Cincinnati Cyclones (33-29-2-6) by a 5-0 score in front of 9,317 at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday night. It was the fifth-largest regular-season crowd in franchise history.
The Wings jumped ahead on a very bizarre goal when Cyclones netminder Chet Pickard (L, 21 saves, 9-14-2-1) misplayed the puck directly to Kory Karlander; the dangerous Kalamazoo forward back-handed a soft shot along the ice that slid into the vacated net for a 1-0 lead. Despite a late power play chance for Cincinnati, the visiting Wings took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Kalamazoo extended its cushion in the middle frame as they tallied three unanswered goals. At the 3:30 mark, Aaron Clarke buried a rebound during a Wings power play making it 2-0. They struck again a few minutes later, at 6:48, when Trent Daavettila wristed home his 31st of the season to extend their cushion to 3-0. In the final ten seconds of the period, a loose puck trickled out into the right circle of the Cincinnati zone where Clarke was looming again; he slammed in his second goal of the night with just eight seconds remaining to push the Wings ahead by a 4-0 score after 40 minutes.