Friday, December 28th Vs Fort Wayne Komets (Fort Wayne 4-Kalamazoo 1)
Kalamazoo, MI- The Fort Wayne Komets (15-13-1-1) special teams paved the way with a power-play and a shorthand tally in a 4-1 victory Friday night over the Kalamazoo Wings (11-15-2-1) at Wings Stadium.
Skating below the left circle, Thomas Beauregard snuck the puck on Fort Wayne's second shot of game past the Joel Martin 12:41 into the opening period for his team-leading 13th goal of the season to give the Komets an early 1-0 lead.
Too aggressive on their power-play early in the second period, a cross rink pass by Kalamazoo turned into an odd-man rush and a shorthanded tally by Brent Smith (6th).
The Komets extended their lead to 3-0 with 4:17 remaining in the second frame, when Brandon Marino picked up his second assist of the game by creating a turnover in the K-Wings zone and sending it to Eric Giosa for the forward's fifth-goal of the season.
Kalamazoo's lone goal occurred midway in the third, as Mike Matczak (1st) struck with a power-play marker.
Giosa tacked on his second-tally of the night in the waning moments with an empty-netter to close out the scoring.
Saturday, December 29th @ Toledo Walleye (Kalamazoo 4-Toledo 3-Shootout)
Toledo, OH - Earning their first win in five games (0-4-1-0), the Kalamazoo Wings (12-15-2-1) fought off a late charge from the Toledo Walleye (17-13-0-2) in a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday night at the Huntington Center.
Not wasting any time, the Walleye became the quickest K-Wings opponent this season to score against Kalamazoo. Battling in front of the net, Todd Broadhurst (9th) struck with a backhander 1:37 into the game to give Toledo the early advantage.
Sparked by a fight early in the second period by newly acquired forward Tyler Shelast, who was making his K-Wings debut, Kalamazoo responded with a equalizer from Alexandre Mallet (2nd) off the ensuing face-off 5:10 into the period.
Broadhurst (10th) reclaimed the lead for the Walleye scoring his second of the night on a power-play goal midway in the period.
Responding 39 seconds later, Kory Karlander (7th) evened the game at 2-2 with wrister from the slot 12:01 into the stanza. Assisting on the goal was Aaron Clarke, who extended his point streak to four games with the helper.
Building off of the momentum of the tally, Kalamazoo captured the lead 55 seconds later with a one-timer from Elgin Reid (5th).
Forcing overtime midway in the third, Brett Raedeke notched his first goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3.
The stingiest shootout team in the league prevailed in the extra session outdueling Toledo 2-0 with goals from Nick Sirota and Karlander. In four shootout affairs this season, Kalamazoo has only surrendered two goals in 19 attempts this season.
Beginning a four-game week and a three-game home stand, the K-Wings will return to Wings Stadium tonight, Monday, December 31st with a 7 p.m. face-off versus the Cincinnati Cyclones during the 11th Annual New Year's Eve Bash, presented by COOL 101 and WWMT News Channel 3. Following the game, the K-Wings will host a postgame bash featuring a live DJ, as well as a public skate in both Wings Stadium and The Annex. Over the course of the past 10 years, the K-Wings New Year's Eve Bash has become the premiere celebration destination for families. The K-Wings are 0-2-1-0 versus the Cyclones, who begin the week in first place in the North Division.
The K-Wings will continue their three-game home stand on Friday, January 4th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Toledo Walleye during the Single's Night and a FANomenal Fan Friday, featuring $2 beer, $1 Pepsi products and $2 Popcorn Fish Bites. On the season, the K-Wings are 3-2-1-0 against the Walleye, who start the week in second place in the North Division.
Kalamazoo will conclude a three-game home stand on Saturday, January 5th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Evansville IceMen on Bad Bridesmaid Dress Night. On the season the K-Wings are 3-2-0-0 versus the IceMen, who start the week in fifth place in the North Division.
The K-Wings will finish the week on Sunday, January 6th with a 5:05 p.m. encounter against the Walleye at the Huntington Center.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Aaron Clarke, Brett Lysak (11 Goals)
Assists: Sam Ftorek, Kory Karlander (19 Assists) Points: Kory Karlander, Eric Kattelus (26 Points) +/-: Darren Archibald (+6) Penalty Minutes: Mitch Versteeg (38 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Darren Archibald (4 Goals)
Short Handed Goals: Eric Kattelus (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Eric Kattelus (2 GW)
Shots: Sam Ftorek (86 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Aaron Clarke (19%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Shootout Goals: Kory Karlander (2 Goals)
Shootout Percentage: Michael Davies (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.76 )
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.916)
Forward Aaron Clarke is starting to heat up. Clarke has earned points in four straight games.
Nearing Milestones Defenseman Sam Ftorek and forward Brett Lysak are each closing in on a personal milestone. Ftorek needs one more point to reach 600 for his career, while Lysak is one point shy of 400.
Home Sweet Home
Kalamazoo will begin a three-game home stand Monday night versus Cincinnati. The K-Wings come into the game looking to snap a season-long three-game home losing streak.
Sirota Nears 100 Forward Nick Sirota is closing in a personal milestone. Sirota needs three more assists to reach 100 for his career.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
Ready to ring in the New Year during the 11th Annual New Year's Eve Bash, the K-Wings are 5-3-0-2 during the annual contest. Kalamazoo, who is 2-1-0-0 on New Year's Eve since joining the ECHL, have won two straight games on December 31st, with their last loss occurring in 2009 against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Join special guests Head Coach Nick Bootland and the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno on Monday, January 14th 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 Downtown.
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.
Monday, December 31st Vs Cincinnati 7:00 PM (11th Annual COOL 101/WWMT New Year's Eve Bash)
Friday, January 4th Vs Toledo 7:30 PM (FANomenal Friday & Singles Night)
Saturday, January 5th Vs Evansville 7:30 PM (Bad Bridesmaid Dress Night)
Sunday, January 6th @ Toledo 5:05 PM
Wednesday, January 9th Vs Reading 7:00 PM (WRKR Holiday Hangover and $5 Pack the House Night)
Saturday, January 12th @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM
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