October 9, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kalamazoo Wings
Kalamazoo, MI- Powered by goals from five different players, the Kalamazoo Wings won their preseason opener 5-1 Wednesday night at Wings Stadium versus the Toledo Walleye.
Thanks to stellar goaltending from Kalamazoo's Joel Martin and Toledo's Brooks Ostergard neither team was able to score in the opening 20 minutes. Martin turned aside 14 shots in the period, while the former K-Wing Ostergard stopped all nine shots he faced.
Kalamazoo was more opportunistic in the second period striking twice in a span of 1:50. Scoring off a face-off draw, Sam Ftorek's blue line slap shot was deflected by Matt Caria (1st) 4:28 into the period.
Moments later, the K-Wings extended their lead when Dan Dries (1st) capped off a two-point (1 goal, 1 assist) night with a shorthanded marker that was created off a Walleye turnover behind their own net.
Neither team scored in the remainder of the stanza, though both teams did make a goaltending change. Martin, who played 30:35 made 18 saves, while Ostergard stopped 12 shots.
Toledo crept back into the contest early in the third period with a rebound tally from Nikita Poliakov (1st); however Kalamazoo pulled away midway in the frame with three goals.
Kory Kaunisto (1st) put the game out of reach with a power-play strike. The K-Wings tacked on goals later in the period from Justin Taylor (1st) and Yanni Gourde (1st).
In relief, rookie goaltender Russ Stein made nine saves in his pro debut, while Toledo's Neil Conway pushed aside 18 shots.
On Friday, October 11th, the K-Wings will continue their preseason schedule at home, this time in The Annex for a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Fort Wayne Komets.
Closing out their preseason schedule on Saturday, October 12th the K-Wings will travel to the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio for a 7:15 p.m. encounter versus the Walleye.
Fans that can't make it to any preseason games can still listen to all the action on the radio or on line. For the second straight season, all games (home and away) can be heard live at 92.5 WZUU or at kwings.com starting 15 minutes prior to face-off with the Kalsee Credit Union Pregame Show.
Tickets for all 36 K-Wings home games and two preseason games are currently on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, including www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Regular season ticket prices for home games are $13 and $17.50 for adults and only $7 for kids ages 12 and under. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice games and the New Year's Eve game) are just $1 more. Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single-game tickets in advance. Tickets purchased on the day of a game increase by $2 (adults only).
Fans that plan on attending multiple games can avoid service fees plus enjoy a discount from the single-game price by purchasing a 12, 24 or 36-game flexi-plan. These plans, along with full-season and group ticket packages may be ordered through the K-Wings Sales office by calling (269) 743-6011.