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Kalamazoo Wings week in review

April 17, 2006 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Kalamazoo Wings News Release

The K-Wings concluded the home portion of their regular season Wednesday (4/12) at Wings Stadium versus the Adirondack Frostbite. Kalamazoo's power-play paved the way by scoring twice in the opening period during the K-Wings 3-1 lead. Brad Church (13) and Briane Thompson (1) each lit the lamp in the first period, while Daniel Carriere's (10) deflection past Kris Tebbs in the second period put the game out of reach. Adirondack's lone goal occurred late in the second period, when Greg Koehler knocked in a rebound past Joel Martin. Kalamazoo's victory established the UHL franchise records for overall wins (51), home wins (27) and for most wins by a goaltender in a single-season (Joel Martin, 35).

On Friday (4/14), the K-Wings traveled to St. Charles, Missouri to face-off against the Missouri River Otters. Kalamazoo's Jason Deitsch (37,38) scored twice, while Kory Karlander (26), Nick Bootland (39) and Scott Johnson (2) each scored once during the K-Wings 5-2 victory over the Otters. The K-Wings victory clinched the league's Tarry Cup, which is the trophy given to the team with the best regular season record. By capturing the Tarry Cup, the K-Wings also secured home-ice advantage throughout the 2006 Colonial Cup Playoffs.

Kalamazoo finished off their regular season with a road trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana to battle the Komets. The K-Wings jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, when Kory Karlander (27,28) ripped off two first period power-play goals. In the second period, the Komets fought back with two-unanswered goals of their own to tie the game at 2-2. The K-Wings regained the lead late in the second stanza, when rookie Scott Johnson extended his point streak to three games by netting his third goal of the season; however, it would be Fort Wayne that controlled the third period, by scoring two goals, including Brent Rumble's (12) eventual game-winner with 1:41 remaining in the game to give Fort Wayne a 4-3 victory over Kalamazoo.

Fast Forward
The K-Wings will start Destination Colonial Cup this Friday (4/21) at Wings Stadium against the Motor City Mechanics. Kalamazoo went 7-2-1 against Motor City during the regular season; including 3-0-0 during the month of April. Fans that purchase tickets to Friday's 7:30 p.m. face-off will receive a special gift from Pepsi. The red, white and blue of Pepsi have teamed up with the red, white and blue of the K-Wings by giving all fans a FREE CASE of Aquafina Bottled Water. The case of Aquafina (24 bottle pack) will be distributed to fans as they leave game one. Game two of the best of seven series will be played Saturday (4/22) at Wings Stadium with a face-off of 7:30 p.m.

Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals Nick Bootland (39 Goals)
Assists Daniel Carriere (80 Assists)
Points Jason Deitsch (87 Points)
+/- Greg Labenski (+54)
Penalty Minutes Tyler Willis (304 Minutes)
Power Play Goals Jason Deitsch (18 Goals)
Short Handed Goals Mike Manley (6 Goals)
Game Winning Goals Tyler Willis, Damian Surma, Kory Karlander (6 GW)
Shots: Nick Bootland (362 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Jason Deitsch (24.5%)
Shootout Goals: Damian Surma (7 Goals)
Shootout Percentage: Lee Ruff (75.0%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.20)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.921)

Destination Colonial Cup
The 2005-06 Tarry Cup Champions, the Kalamazoo Wings will begin the 2006 Colonial Cup Playoffs this Friday night. The K-Wings will face-off against the Motor City Mechanics with Round One, Game One this Friday (4/21) at 7:30 p.m. at Wings Stadium.

No More Shootouts
During the regular season, the K-Wings were 4-7 in games decided by shootouts; however, starting with Friday night's contest the UHL will decide regulation ties by sudden death overtime. In their UHL history, the K-Wings are 2-1 in games decided in overtime.

Top Rookie
Forward Jason Deitsch finished the regular season with 87 points (38 goals, 49 assists). The 87 points by Deitsch not only led all K-Wings Rookies, but it also led all UHL Rookies in scoring.

Good Combination
The Kalamazoo Wings led the UHL by averaging 4.37 goals a game. Kalamazoo also led the league by averaging their opposition to 2.41 goals a game.

The Obscure Stat of the Week
The K-Wings had four iron men on their roster. Nick Bootland, Daniel Carriere, Kory Karlander and Adam Elzinga were the only K-Wings to play in every one of the team's 76 games.

Tickets! Get Your Tickets!!
Tickets for all K-Wing home games are now on sale. Catch all the action as your K-Wings play the very best the UHL has to offer. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Wings Stadium Ticket Office at (269) 345-5101.

Get on Line
This season, the best way to keep track of the K-Wings is to log onto The site has player profiles, information about Wings Stadium events, and much, much more.

Bootland and Labenski on the Radio
Join special guests Nick Bootland and Greg Labenski as they join Head Coach Mark Reeds and the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno on "K-Wings Live". The show is on Your Local Sports Leader AM 1660 WQSN Monday's from 6-7 PM at The Cabana Bar and Grill inside the Holiday Inn Kalamazoo on South 11th Street.

K-Wings on Radio
Catch all the K-Wings games home and away on the K-Wings Radio Network (WLKM 95.9 FM and Your Local Sports Leader AM 1660 WQSN). Join the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno for all 76 regular season games plus the playoffs. Pre-game coverage begins with the Digital Highway Pre-Game Show 15 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.

Upcoming Games
Friday, April 21st Vs Motor City 7:30 PM (Colonial Cup Playoffs: Round One, Game One)
Saturday, April 22nd Vs Motor City 7:30 PM (Colonial Cup Playoffs: Round One, Game Two)
Sunday, April 23rd @ Motor City 5:00 PM (Colonial Cup Playoffs: Round One, Game Three)
Wednesday, April 26th @ Motor City 7:30 PM (Colonial Cup Playoffs: Round One, Game Four)
*Saturday, April 29 Vs Motor City 7:30 PM (Colonial Cup Playoffs: Round One, Game Five)
*Monday, May 1st @ Motor City 7:30 PM (Colonial Cup Playoffs: Round One, Game Six)
*Tuesday, May 2nd Vs Motor City 7:00 PM (Colonial Cup Playoffs: Round One Game Seven)

(* Denotes Games that Will Only Be Played If Necessary)

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