Kalamazoo scored two late goals with its goalie pulled in the third period to send Friday night's International Hockey League contest with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles into first overtime and then a shootout, and wound up with a 5-4 shootout victory.
The Golden Eagles broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period on goals by C.J. Young and Richard Zemlak. But then a desperate Kalamazoo pulled its goalie with less than a minute to play and came away with goals twice - one by by Peter Lappin at the 19:11 mark and another shortly thereafter by Ed Courtenay at the 19:44 mark to send the game into overtime.The Eagles were at a considerable disadvantage much of the contest due to penalties - Kalamazoo had nine power play opportunities to just three for the eagles.
"You can only count on your penalty killing unit so much. They just kept getting opportunity after opportunity, and eventually that's going to catch up to you," Eagle coach Bob Francis said. Salt Lake killed off four penalties in the third quarter alone.
Neither team could dent the scoreboard during the extra period so the contest went to a shootout. No Eagles scored while Mitch Messier and Courtenay connected for Kalamazoo to provide the victory.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 24-22 while Kalamazoo is now 32-15.
The Golden Eagles return home Monday for three straight games at the Salt Palace and play 11 of their next 14 games at home.