|October 22, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0 Overall Record: 3-1-0-0
Friday, October 19th Vs Fort Wayne Komets (Kalamazoo 1-Fort Wayne 0-Shootout)
Kalamazoo, MI- Joel Martin lifted the Kalamazoo Wings (2-1-0-0) to a home opening 1-0 shootout victory over the Fort Wayne Komets (1-1-0-1) Friday night at Wings Stadium in front of a sold out crowd of 5,183.
After a 45 minute delay to the game because of travel delays because of interstate gridlock, Fort Wayne showed no bus legs, outshooting the K-Wings 35-26 for the game.
Without a doubt, Martin was the game’s top performer turning aside 35 shots earning his 16th career shutout and 11th as a member of the K-Wings.
The only scoring in the contest came in the shootout, where the K-Wings out dueled the Komets 3-0, earning tallies from Justin Taylor, Michael Davies and Brett Lysak.
While the shootout may have been an appropriate conclusion for Martin’s dominance, the game-winner for Taylor is also a fitting, as the forward help secure the K-Wings victory, while playing in front of his parents for the first time in his professional career.
Just as solid between the pipes was Fort Wayne’s Kenny Reiter, who made 25 saves in the shootout setback.
Saturday, October 20th Vs Toledo Walleye (Kalamazoo 4-Toledo 2)
Kalamazoo, MI- Darren Archibald netted two goals and Kory Karlander grabbed the game-winner, as the Kalamazoo Wings (3-1-0-0) defeated the Toledo Walleye (2-1-0-0) 4-2 Saturday night at Wings Stadium.
Archibald buried the opening tally from a shot in the slot giving the K-Wings the lead and also marking the first time in this young season that Kalamazoo has lit the lamp in the first period.
Pulling even in the second period, Toledo tied up the contest with a goal from Will Coetzee (2nd) after he showed some quick hands and put the puck in the back of the net.
A quick response from Kalamazoo gave them the lead for good, when Archibald (3rd) scored his second of the night and gave the K-Wings their second power play goal of the year. The three tallies for Archibald give him the team-lead in goals scored.
After killing off another Walleye power play, Kalamazoo translated that momentum into a goal of their own, this time scored by Karlander. The eventual game-winner was Karlander’s first point of the campaign.
Adding insurance in the third period, Karlander’s face-off victory in the right circle with 16:39 remaining in regulation went to tape of Michael Davies, who flung his first goal of the season past Petr Mrazek.
Toledo’s Bryon Froese (1st) notched a goal late, but it wasn’t enough, as the K-Wings won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Joe Cannata gave the K-Wings strong support between the pipes in his K-Wings debut making a team season-high 40 saves in the victory.
A new divisional rivalry will be formed this week as the K-Wings will battle the Evansville Icemen in a home-and-home series beginning this Friday, October 26th with a 7:15 p.m. (CST) encounter at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.
The K-Wings will return home to Wings Stadium on Saturday, October 27th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Icemen during the 9th Annual Orange Ice Game, presented by WKFR and The CW7. Fans are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for a costume contest for both adults and children. There will also be trick-or-treating in the concourse and a post-game K-Wings Halloween jersey auction. Saturday’s contest will also be the second-game of a doubleheader at Wings Stadium, as the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings will play the Johnstown Tomahawks at 3:30 p.m. Fans who purchase a ticket to the K-Wings game on October 27th will receive FREE admission to the Jr. K-Wings game earlier in the day.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Darren Archibald (3 Goals)
Assists: Sam Ftorek, Brett Lysak (3 Assists)
Points: Five Players Tied (3 Points)
+/-: Brett Lysak (+4)
Penalty Minutes: Darren Archibald, Justin Taylor (9 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Darren Archibald, Elgin Reid (1 Goal)
Short Handed Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Game Winning Goals: Kory Karlander, Elgin Reid (1 GW)
Shots: Prab Rai (16 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Darren Archibald (27.3%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Shootout Goals: Michael Davies, Brett Lysak, Justin Taylor (1 Goal)
Shootout Percentage: Michael Davies, Brett Lysak, Justin Taylor (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (1.30)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.956)
Hungry Like a Wolf
On Sunday, forward Michael Davies was reassigned to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. Davies, who played in two games for Kalamazoo, registered one goal on seven shots with the team.
Kalamazoo has been tough to score on in the opening period. Through four games this season, the K-Wings have allowed only one goal in the first period.
The K-Wings will battle the Evansville Icemen this Saturday during the 9th Annual Orange Ice Game, presented by WKFR and The CW7. Kalamazoo is 3-5-0-0 on the pumpkin ice, but own are record of 2-1-0-0 since joining the ECHL.
Goaltender Joe Cannata made a strong first impression in his K-Wings debut last Saturday. Cannata turned aside a team-high 40 shots in a 4-2 victory versus Toledo.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
When it comes to playing on the road, no one in the ECHL is better than Kalamazoo. Of teams that have played at least one full season in the league, the K-Wings have the highest road winning percent at 59.5% (57-36-17)
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 guests Head Coach Nick Bootland and the “Voice of the K-Wings” Mike Modugno on Monday, November 5th 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.
Friday, October 26th @ Evansville 7:15 PM
Saturday, October 27th Vs Evansville 7:30 PM (9th Annual Orange Ice Game, Presented by WKFR and The CW7)
Wednesday, October 31st @ Cincinnati 7:35 PM
Friday, November 2nd Vs Cincinnati 7:30 PM (WKFR 80’s Night and FANomenal Friday)
Saturday, November 3rd Vs Fort Wayne 3:00 PM (Child Safety Day and Jr. K-Wings Double Header)