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Sunday Wrap-up: Kalamazoo and Jamestown post wins

March 11, 2012

Springfield 1 @ Kalamazoo 5 - Four unanswered goals in the third period propelled Kalamazoo to a 5-1 victory over the Springfield Jr. Blues on Sunday at the Borgess Health Rink at Wings West. A scoreless first period was not without quality chances from both squads, as Kalamazoo fired 18 shots on Springfield goaltender, Tyler Parks. The Jr. Blues couldn't beat Jr. K-Wings goalie Alex Okicki on their eight first period shots either.  The middle frame featured a goal from each team. Just 1:19 into the second, Chris Sitler notched a power play tally, his 23rd of the year, to give his team a one-goal lead. With time ticking down in the second, Kalamazoo drew even with an even strength goal. Brett Beauvais ripped a slap shot directly off a faceoff win by Kalamazoo that found the back of the net for the tying tally. The third period belonged to Kalamazoo, as they took a one-goal lead on Jacob McDowell's 14th of the season. Drew Graves followed that goal up four minutes later with his 25th of the season on a wrist shot from the left circle. Two and a half minutes later, Dan Cesarz scored his sixth of the season on a corner seeking wrist shot of his own to make the score 4-1. Taylor Burden capped off the four-goal third for Kalamazoo by burying an empty netter with just over a minute to play. The goal for Burden was his tenth of the season, making him the sixth Jr. K-Wing to reach double digit goals. Boxscore

Traverse City 3 @ Jamestown 4 – In a back and forth game, the Jamestown Ironmen got a 3rd period power play goal from Anthony Coles to defeat the Traverse City North Stars on Sunday, 4-3.  The win brought the Ironmen to within eight points of the final playoff spot in the North Division with just nine games remaining.  Traverse City jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a power play goal from Chris Leibinger.  However, that was answered by three straight Ironmen goals to make it 3-1 from Bryan Watt, Ryan Cotton and Ryan Urso.  The North Stars wouldn’t give up, scoring two more goals to tie the game at 3-3 before the end of the 2nd period with markers from Mitchell Snider and Nathan Harris.  That set up Coles’ heroics in the 3rd period.  Traverse City held the shots edge, 27-24. Boxscore

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