In one of the fastest games of the season, and their last scheduled meeting, the Kalamazoo Wings evened up their series with Salt Lake, beating the Golden Eagles 3-2.
As the season series ended Friday night in Wings Stadium before 2,862, the Wings and Eagles each have three wins over the other.The first period was played in 28 minutes and the second in 32 minutes, as only two penalties were called in each and there were few stoppages of play. The third period took longer, but the game came in at just a little over two hours of playing time, and referee Blaine Angus called only 14 minutes in penalties.
The loss in the first game of a four-game road trip gave the 39-20-3 Eagles a two-game losing streak. The Birds, who move on to Peoria tonight, have not lost more than two in a row all season.
A power-play goal by right wing Scott Robinson at 16:31 of the second period was both the last goal of the game and the winner. It was the only power-play goal of the night.
The Eagles were 0 for 3 on the power play Friday and are 0 for 15 in their last four games.
Eagle Paul Ranheim, the league's leading goal-scorer, opened with a goal at 2:35 of the first period. He had gone three games without a goal after goaling in a team-record-tying 11 straight games. But that was matched at 9:05 by Darcy Norton.
Mike Hiltner put Kalamazoo ahead at 3:22 of the second period with a rebound of a Larry Bernard shot that bounced to him off the endboards.
Eagle Randy Bucyk tied it up at 8:53, but Robinson's power-play goal nearly eight minutes later did the Eagles in.