|December 29, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
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.
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The K-Wings will return home to Wings Stadium this Monday, December 31st for a 7 p.m. face-off versus the Cincinnati Cyclones at 7 p.m. 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.
Single-game tickets for the 2012-2013 season are on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday’s. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
Tickets for all K-Wings home games are $13 and $17.50 for adults and only $7 for kids ages 14 and under. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice games and New Year’s Eve game) are just $1 more.
Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single-game tickets in advance because tickets purchased on the day of a game increase by $2 (adults only).
For more information about tonight’s contest, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 226-0384.