Friday, April 27, 2012
Florida Everblades 2 @ Kalamazoo Wings 0 – Game 1 of Eastern Conference Final
Florida leads best-of-seven series 1-0
Despite firing 34 shots on Everblades goaltender Pat Nagle on Friday night, the Wings could not find their way onto the scoreboard, dropping Game 1 of the ECHL Eastern Conference Final, 2-0. Wings netminder Riley Gill made 36 saves in the loss, which was only the third loss of the post-season for Gill and the Wings. Kalamazoo was down 2-0 after forty minutes, and peppered Nagle in the third period with 17 shots, but the rookie goaltender was too good on the way to his second shutout of these playoffs.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Kalamazoo Wings 3 vs. South Carolina Stingrays 2 – Game 2 of Eastern Conference Final
Best-of-seven series tied at 1-1
It was the tale of two teams on Saturday night in Game 2; there was the Kalamazoo Wings of the first 40 minutes, then there was the Kalamazoo Wings of the final 20 minutes. The first two periods were not what the Wings were looking for, getting outshot a combined 30-7, including 16-1 in the middle frame alone. Riley Gill was once again solid in net for the Wings, keeping them in striking distance as the Wings were fortunate to only trail 1-0 going into the third period. An early power play goal by Kory Karlender sparked the Wings comeback, as Darren Archibald, and Dustin Cloutier would also tally for the Wings on their way to a 3-2 win, evening the series at 1-1. Gill would finish with 36 saves on the night for the Wings.
Canucks prospects watch
After a slow start to the playoffs, Vancouver Canucks prospect Darren Archibald burst onto the scene with a two point third period Saturday night, helping the Wings even their ECHL Eastern Conference Final series with the Florida Everblades at 1-1. The physical 6-foot-3 forward now as five points (1-4-5) in 12 playoff games this season, while also amassing 19 minutes in penalties, as well as 29 shots on goal, and a plus-3 rating. The Newmarket, Ontario, native was signed by the Canucks as an undrafted free agent in December of 2010.
The Wings will now travel to Florida for Games 3, 4 and 5, starting on Wednesday night. If needed, the series will shift back to Kalamazoo for Games 6 and 7, which are slated for May 8th and May 9th. The winner of this series will play the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Alaska Aces and Las Vegas Wranglers; that series is currently evened up at 1-1.