|October 29, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0 Overall Record: 5-1-0-0
Friday, October 26th @ Evansville IceMen (Kalamazoo 3-Evansville 2)
Evansville, IN- Led by a 2-for-4 display on the power-play, the Kalamazoo Wings (4-1-0-0) powered their way past the Evansville IceMen (0-4-0-1) with a 3-2 victory Friday night from the Ford Center.
Sparked by a two-man advantage, Kalamazoo jumped ahead with a Sam Ftorek (1st) slap shot at the 8:29 mark of the first period. Finding open space atop the left circle, Ftorek power-play marker was setup from Brett Lysak and Eric Kattelus.
Pelting Joe Cannata (27 saves) with shots early in the second period, Evansville tied the game at 1-1 2:17 into the stanza with a rebound tally from Dan Gendur. While Cannata made the two initial saves, Gendur knocked in a rebound to the right of the netminder for his second goal of the campaign.
Outshot in the game 29-22, the K-Wings were outshot 13-2 in the second period.
Later in the period, Ftorek (2nd) regained the lead for Kalamazoo rifling a power-play goal past Paul Karpowich (19 saves) for the defensemen’s second of the game and team-leading fifth point of the season.
Bouncing back with a man-advantage goal of their own, the IceMen knotted the game at 2-2, when Dale Mahovsky (1st) redirected a Matt Gens slap shot with 12:32 remaining in the middle frame.
Utilizing a screen from Aaron Clarke, Joe Charlebois put the K-Wings ahead for good with 8:30 remaining in regulation registering his first goal of the season with a blue line slap shot for the eventual game-winner.
Saturday, October 27th Vs Evansville IceMen (Kalamazoo 4-Evansville 1)
Kalamazoo, MI- There were no tricks but plenty of treats for the Kalamazoo Wings (5-1-0-0) during the 9th annual Orange Ice Game, as the K-Wings extended their win streak to four games with a 4-1 decision over the Evansville Icemen (0-5-1-0).
Finding offense from the opening face-off, the K-Wings were able to score the first goal of the contest for their fourth consecutive game. Getting the scoring underway at the 5:25 mark was Aaron Clarke, who poked a puck free from the Evansville defense, and was able to beat Rob Madore for his first goal of the season.
Following that up just five minutes later was Eric Kattelus. With the K-Wings working on a power play mid way through the first, Kattelus took a quick wrist shot that beat Madore through the five-hole, for his second tally of the season. The goal gave Kalamazoo a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room after one.
Again taking advantage of a K-Wings power play was Kattelus, who poured home his second goal of the game and third of the season, when he shot the puck from the right side and found the back of the net to lead his team to a three goal advantage.
Evansville tried to claw their way back into the contest, as Patrick Kennedy was able to break through the solid wall that was K-Wing goalie, Joel Martin. The goal for Kennedy was his second of the season, and came in four-on-four action. Martin, who finished the contest with 28 saves, allowed his first goal at home (112:38) in two appearances and his first goal surrendered since October 13th against Toledo (119:40).
Putting the finishing touches on Kalamazoo’s victory was, Nick Sirota, who notched his first goal of the season on an empty-netter.
Kalamazoo will begin a three-game week this Wednesday, October 31st, as they travel to the U.S. Bank Arena to take on the Cincinnati Cyclones. Wednesday’s visit to the “Queen City” will commence a home-and-home series between the teams. The Cyclones start the week in a second place tie in the North Division with the Toledo Walleye, just two points behind the K-Wings.
Beginning a five-game home stand on Friday, November 2nd, the K-Wings will battle the Cyclones on 80’s Night, presented by WKFR. November 2nd will also be a FANomenal Friday, featuring $2 Beer, $1 Pepsi, $1 Jell-O Shots and $1 Hot Dogs.
Wrapping up the week on Saturday, November 3rd, the K-Wings will play an early 3 p.m. matinee versus the Fort Wayne Komets on Child Safety Day. The 3 p.m. encounter will be the first half of a doubleheader with the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings facing-off against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons immediately after. Fans purchasing a ticket to the K-Wings game will get into the J-Wings game for FREE. In between games, Wings Stadium will be offering a food and beverage special. On the season, the K-Wings are 2-0-0-0 versus the Komets. Fort Wayne enters the week in fourth place in the North Division, three points behind Kalamazoo.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Darren Archibald, Eric Kattelus (3 Goals)
Assists: Sam Ftorek (5 Assists)
Points: Sam Ftorek (7 Points)
+/-: Brett Lysak (+5)
Penalty Minutes: Joe Charlebois (13 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Sam Ftorek, Eric Kattelus (2 Goals)
Short Handed Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Game Winning Goals: Darren Archibald, Joe Charlebois, Eric Kattelus, Kory Karlander (1 GW)
Shots: Nick Sirota (21Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Joe Charlebois (25%)
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 (1.23)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.958)
Home Sweet Home
The K-Wings will have plenty of time to feel at home. Winners of three straight at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo will begin a season-long five-game home stand this Friday versus Cincinnati.
Nearing a Milestone
Forward Eric Kattelus is closing in a personal milestone. With his next shift, Kattelus will play in his 100th career game.
Kalamazoo enters the week looking to extend a streak. The K-Wings head into Wednesday night trying to extend a season-high four-game winning streak.
Forward Darren Archibald and defenseman Sam Ftorek have started the season on fire. Both players enter the week trying to extend a K-Wings’ season-high three-game point streak.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
Starting the season red-hot isn’t anything new for the K-Wings. Since joining the ECHL in 2009-10, Kalamazoo has registered a record of 18-5-0-1 in the month of October, which includes this year’s record of 5-1-0-0.
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.
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 Doubleheader)
Wednesday, November 7th Vs South Carolina 10:30 AM (Education Day, presented by Consumers Credit Union, McDonald’s and Rx Optical)
Friday, November 9th Vs South Carolina 7:30 PM (Social Media Madness & FANomenal Friday)