Kalamazoo, MI (Road Warriors Release) - The Road Warriors pulled past Kalamazoo in Wings Stadium on Friday night by a score of 2-1 to give them a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.
Game one started off with heavy hits and several defensive plays. There was much neutral zone play and only a few goal scoring opportunities during the first period which neither team could convert on. Kalamazoo outshot the Road Warriors 9-7 through one period of play.
Marc-Olivier Vallerand began the scoring with a one-timer to beat Jordan Binnington with a feed coming from Andrew Rowe. During the period, Binnington saw 24 shots on net from Greenville’s offense. Despite the plethora of shots, the score remained 1-0 in favor of Greenville.
Bretton Cameron found the back of the net for his first professional playoff goal 7:41 into the third period. The forward scored after a collision in front of Binnington who was unable to get in position to make the save. Vallerand and Sam Klassen assisted on the goal. Five minutes later, Kalamazoo’s Yannick Veilleux scored with a blistering wrist shot that beat Jason Missiaen. It was his first professional playoff goal that hit a post and went into the net. The goal was assisted by Elgin Reid who kept the puck in the attacking zone during the constant pressure. Kalamazoo would pull the goaltender in the final minute to attempt to tie the game. Missiaen remained strong with the final minute saves and totaled 15 stops in the third period. His game total gave him 35 saves and the second star of the game. Vallerand was the game’s first star with a goal and an assist.
The Road Warriors look to pull ahead further in the series tomorrow for Game Two against the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard live by clicking on the listen live link on the Road Warriors homepage or by watching via America One.
Single game tickets to the first round of the 2014 ECHL Playoffs are on sale now. The Road Warriors will take on the Kalamazoo Wings at home on Wednesday, April 23th, Friday, April 25th and if necessary, the series versus the Wings will continue at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Saturday April 26th. Puck drop for the Warriors home playoff games is 7 p.m. Group tickets for 15 or more people can be purchased for as low as $7! To learn more about group pricing, call a Road Warriors Ticket Account Representative at 864.674.PUCK!