Saturday, November 18th @ Orlando Solar Bears (Orlando 4-Kalamazoo 2)
Orlando, FL- Getting separation with a three-goal second period and a three-point night from Olivier Fortier (2 goals, 1 assist), the Orlando Solar Bears (7-5-2-1) defeated the Kalamazoo Wings (7-6-0-0) 4-2 at the Amway Center.
Power-plays guided scoring for both teams in the opening period. Orlando jumped ahead midway in the stanza with a man-advantage strike from Fortier (5th). Looking for a cross rink pass, Fortier's attempt caromed off of the skate of K-Wings defenseman Mitch Versteeg and slid past goaltender Joel Martin.
Tying the contest with two minutes remaining in the frame, Sam Ftorek (3rd) used a screen in front of John Curry to slap in a power-play equalizer from the blue line. Ftorek, who is on a six-game point streak, has earned all of his goals this season on the power-play.
The tide changed in the second period, as the Solar Bears netted three goals in an eight-minute span. Standing patient behind the net, Rob Mignardi led Mathew Sisca (5th) in the slot for the go-ahead marker.
Earning the eventual game-winning tally midway in the period while standing to the side of the net, Mignardi (5th) found a ricochet shot off the end wall for a power-play tally.
Foutier (6th) put the game of reach later in the stanza with second goal of the night.
Kalamazoo capped off the game's scoring early in the third period with a redirected goal from Aaron Clarke (4th). Kory Karlander notched his 1,000th career point earning a secondary assist on the tally.
Sunday, November 18th @ Orlando Solar Bears (Orlando 2-Kalamazoo 1)
Orlando, FL- Unable to click on the power-play (0-for-6), the Kalamazoo Wings (7-7-0-0) dropped their second straight to the Orlando Solar Bears (8-5-2-1) and third straight on the road with a 2-1 setback at the Amway Center Sunday afternoon.
Striking on their lone power-play chance of the opening period, Oliver Fortier (7th) gave the Solar Bears a 1-0 advantage, as he poked a free puck past Joel Martin with 51.4 remaining in the period. Fortier's goal was his team-leading fifth on the power-play.
Fortier (8th) continued his scoring dominance against the K-Wings in the second period, as the forward netted his second goal of the afternoon and his fourth in two games against Kalamazoo with a rebound marker midway in the stanza.
Cutting the deficit in a half early in the third period was Dustin Cloutier, who netted his third-goal of the season on a centering pass from Steven Anthony.
Orlando's Hannu Toivonen (1-0-0-0) made 38 saves in the victory, while Martin (5-5-0-0) turned aside 24 shots in defeat.
Kalamazoo returns to the ice tomorrow, Tuesday, November 20th with a 7 p.m. face-off against the Orlando Solar Bears. The K-Wings are 0-2-0-0 against the Solar Bears, who start the week in third place in the South Division.
Heading back to the North Division, Kalamazoo will conclude their four-game road swing this Thursday, November 22nd with a 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving battle against the Fort Wayne Komets.
The K-Wings will return to Wings Stadium on Friday, November 23rd with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Komets on WNWN Rivalry Night and FANomenal Friday, featuring $2 beer, $1 Pepsi and $1 hot dogs. On the season, the K-Wings are 3-1-0-0 against the Komets, who start the week in third place in the North Division.
Kalamazoo will conclude the week on Sunday, November 25th with a 3 p.m. face-off versus the Toledo Walleye on the first Family Hockey Day in the 'Zoo, presented by Consumers Credit Union, Bronson Orthopedics Sports Medicine, Charter Media and MLive. During all Sunday home games all kids eat FREE and the K-Wings players will have a post game skate with the fans immediately after the contest.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Brett Lysak (7 Goals)
Assists: Sam Ftorek (12 Assists)
Points: Brett Lysak (16 Points)
+/-: Brett Lysak (+8) Penalty Minutes: Darren Archibald (27 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Darren Archibald (4 Goals)
Short Handed Goals: Eric Kattelus (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Six Players Tied (1 GW)
Shots: Darren Archibald (47 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Joe Charlebois, Dustin Cloutier (20%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Shootout Goals: Michael Davies, Brett Lysak (1 Goal)
Shootout Percentage: Michael Davies, Brett Lysak (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.40 )
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.925)
Clarke Nears Milestone
Forward Aaron Clarke is closing in a personal milestone. Clarke needs one more goal to reach 100 in his career.
Leading by Example
Assistant captain Sam Ftorek has been leading by example. With 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists), Ftorek ranks tied for second amongst all defensemen in scoring and is tied for first amongst all blue-liners for the league lead in assists.
Ending a Streak
Kalamazoo enters the week looking to snap a streak. The K-Wings are in the midst of a season-long three-game road losing streak.
Good After 20 So far this season, when the K-Wings lead after the first period they have been victorious. The K-Wings are 5-0-0-0 when leading after opening 20 minutes.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
Forward Darren Archibald has been a power-play marvel. Archibald, who leads the K-Wings in power-play goals, has netted four of his six goals on the season with a man-advantage.
Tickets! Get Your Tickets!!
Tickets for all K-Wings home games are now on sale. Catch all the action as your K-Wings play the very best the ECHL has to offer. Tickets are on sale now by calling stopping by the Wings Stadium Ticket Office or at any Ticketmaster location.
This season, the best way to keep track of the K-Wings is to log onto the team's website at www.kwings.com . The site has player profiles, video on your hometown team, and much, much more.
Join special guest Head Coach Nick Bootland and the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno on Monday, December 10th for the next edition of "K-Wings Live". The show is on WZUU (92.5 FM) and online through www.kwings.com from 6-7 p.m. at Old Burdick's Wings West.
K-Wings on Radio
Catch all the K-Wings games, home and away, on the K-Wings Radio Network (92.5 FM WZUU & on kwings.com). Join the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno for all 72 regular season games plus the playoffs. Pre-game coverage begins with the Kalsee Credit Union Pre-Game Show 20 minutes prior to face-off. For the most complete coverage of the K-Wings from the opening face-off to the final buzzer, keep your radio tuned this season to the K-Wings Radio Network.
Thursday, November 22nd @ Fort Wayne 7:30 PM
Friday, November 23rd Vs Fort Wayne 7:30 PM (WNWN Rivalry Night
and FANomenal Friday, Featuring, $2 Beer, $1 Pepsi and $1 Hot Dogs)
Sunday, November 25th Vs Toledo 3:00 PM (Family Hockey Day in the 'ZOO, presented by Bronson Orthopedics Sports Medicine, Consumers Credit Union, Charter and MLive)
Friday, November 30th @ Toledo 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 1st @ Evansville 7:15 PM (CDT)
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