|November 13, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Last Week’s Record: 2-1-0-0 Overall Record: 7-5-0-0
Wednesday, November 7th Vs South Carolina Stingrays (Kalamazoo 3-South Carolina 2)
Kalamazoo, MI- Showing up from the opening school bell, the Kalamazoo Wings (6-4-0-0) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays (4-7-0-1) in front of a sold crowd of 5,152 at Wings Stadium during Education Day, presented by Bronson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Consumers Credit Union, McDonald’s and Rx Optical.
The first period proved to be an eventful one, as the teams combined for five goals.
The K-Wings jumped out to a quick lead 3:01 into the game, when Brett Lysak (4th) was able to lift an Eric Kattelus pass over the shoulder of Shawn Hunwick. The assist extended Kattelus’ point streak to six games and his assist streak to four games, both team-highs.
Extending their lead just minutes later, Elgin Reid (4th) was able to take advantage of a power play with a slap shot from the left point.
Midway through the period, South Carolina was able to cut the lead to 2-1. Tyler Johnson notched his first goal of the season with a shot from fluttered over the blocker of Joel Martin.
Each team registered goals late in the period. Dustin Cloutier (2nd) regained a two-goal cushion for the K-Wings, but the lead would be cut back to single goal moments later, when South Carolina rang up a tally with 36 seconds left in the period with a goal from Mike Hamilton (6th).
Scoring the lone goal in second period, the K-Wings pushed the lead back to two goals with a marker from Aaron Clarke (3rd). The goal was Clarke’s 98th on his career, while Kory Karlander, who assisted on the tally, notched his 998 in his career point.
Alden Hirschfeld (4th) kept the Stingrays alive scoring unassisted midway in the third period; however, the K-Wings registered the final dagger at the 14:22 mark of the stanza, when Lysak earned his second goal of the game on his team-leading fifth lamp-lighter of the season.
Martin (4-3-0-0) earned the victory stopping 29 shots, while Hunwick (3-3-0-0) turned aside 25 shots in defeat.
Friday, November 9th Vs South Carolina Stingrays (South Carolina 5-Kalamazoo 1)
Kalamazoo, MI- Avenging a loss to the Kalamazoo Wings (6-5-0-0) two days before, the South Carolina Stingrays (5-7-1-0) bounced back with a decisive 5-1 victory at Wings Stadium.
A pair of turnovers led to two first period goals for the Stingrays. Stealing the puck at the blue line, Shawn Welller tipped it ahead to Matthew Pistilli for his third goal of season 2:48 into the game.
Pinching along the boards nearly 10 minutes later, Stingrays leading scorer Tommy Cross (3rd) kept the puck in the zone and sent a quick wrister over the shoulder of Joe Cannata.
Cutting the deficit in half in the second period, Darren Archibald netted his team-leading third power-play goal of the season midway in the period. The tally was Archibald’s fifth of the season, which ties the forward with Brett Lysak for the team-lead.
Elgin Reid and Sam Ftorek assisted on the Kalamazoo’s first goal. The helper extends Ftorek’s point streak to four games. Ftorek, who has earned points in seven out of the K-Wings last eight games, is tied with Lysak for the team lead in scoring with Lysak with 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists).
Putting a clamp on the Stingrays in the second period, the K-Wings outshot South Carolina 12-2 in the stanza, with Stingrays chances coming nearly 19 minutes apart.
Despite dominating the second period, Kalamazoo couldn’t carry the momentum into the final period.
Any hopes the K-Wings had of a comeback ended in a span of 18 seconds, when Hunter Bishop (5th) and Dylan Clarke (2nd) scored midway in the period.
Closing out the scoring, Cross (4th) tacked on his second of the game with a power-play strike.
The victory snapped a four-game road losing streak for the Stingrays.
Saturday, November 10th Vs Fort Wayne Komets (Kalamazoo 6-Fort Wayne 1)
Kalamazoo, MI- A night after their worst loss of the season, the Kalamazoo Wings (7-5-0-0) unleash the offense and earn their largest offensive outburst of the year with a 6-2 win over the Fort Wayne Komets (7-3-0-1). The four-goal victory for Kalamazoo is also their largest margin of victory on the season.
Taking advantage of an early power play opportunity, Darren Archibald (6th) made no mistake when he took a pass up the middle of the ice on a breakaway. Archibald buried the shot through the five-hole after taking the pass from Sam Ftorek who collected his team leading 11th assist. Ftorek and Archibald both continued their five-game point streak and Ftorek has now registered points in 11 of the 12 games played this season.
Fort Wayne would not go quietly in the first, however, Stephon Thorne (2nd) took a shot from the circle which was saved by Joel Martin but Thorne would not be denied putting home his own rebound to tie the game 1-1. Brandon Mariano picked up the assist on the goal extending his point streak to eight games.
With time winding down, Kalamazoo assistant captain Kory Karlander (2nd) snuck behind the Fort Wayne defense and buried a one-time shot to give the K-Wings a 2-1 lead heading into the 2nd intermission. The goal for Karlander was his 999th point of his pro career.
Special teams played a pivotal role in the second period, starting with a 5-on-3 power-play goal from Brett Lysak (6th) 2:40 into the stanza.
Disrupting a K-Wings power-play later in the man-advantage, Matt Firman (1st) intercepted a pass and scored on a breakaway cutting the Kalamazoo lead to 3-2 at 3:35 of the second period.
But again answering back like he has all season, Lysak (7th) took advantage of a fortunate bounce when his shot was put home by Fort Wayne forward Colin Chaulk.
Not to be outdone by his line mates, Eric Kattelus (4th) slotted home a goal of his own, this one of the shorthanded variety. Taking a pass from Lysak, his third point of the period, Kattelus ripped a shot using the Komets defenseman as a screen that found its way into the back of the net giving the K-Wings 5-2 lead heading into the final frame.
Keeping their foot on the throttle, Kalamazoo tacked on one more goal in the third period from Nick Sirota (3rd) to close out the scoring.
The K-Wings finished their season-long home stand with a record of 2-3-0-0.
Starting a stretch of six games in nine days, the K-Wings will begin a four-game road trip this Saturday, November 17th at 7 p.m. to battle the Orlando Solar Bears. Kalamazoo and Orlando will square off again on Sunday, November 18th at 3 p.m. Orlando starts the week in third place in the South Division.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Brett Lysak (7 Goals)
Assists: Sam Ftorek (12 Assists)
Points: Brett Lysak (15 Points)
+/-: Brett Lysak (+10)
Penalty Minutes: Darren Archibald (25 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Darren Archibald (4 Goals)
Short Handed Goals: Eric Kattelus (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Six Players Tied (1 GW)
Shots: Darren Archibald (42Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Joe Charlebois (20%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Shootout Goals: Michael Davies, Brett Lysak (1 Goal)
Shootout Percentage: Michael Davies, Brett Lysak (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.23)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.925)
K-Wings Trade for Versteeg
On Monday, the K-Wings completed a trade with the Trenton Titans for defenseman Mitch Versteeg for forward Justin Taylor. This will be the second tour of duty with the K-Wings for Versteeg, who played for Kalamazoo from 2009-11.
Revving up the “Kar”
Forward Kory Karlander is closing in a personal milestone. Karlander needs one more point to reach 1,000 for his career.
Two more members of the K-Wings are nearing milestones. Forward Aaron Clarke is two goals shy of 100 in his career, while forward Justin Taylor needs two points to reach 100 for his career.
Forward Darren Archibald and defenseman Sam Ftorek enter the game looking to extend streaks. Both players are riding five-game point streaks.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
Saturday’s game against the Orlando Solar Bears will be the first against a team from Orlando, since the Solar Bears where in the International Hockey League. All-time, the K-Wings are 10-8-6 against the Solar Bears, with their last encounter occurring on April 16, 2000 in a 3-2 shootout victory at the Orlando Arena.
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Saturday, November 17th @ Orlando 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 18th @ Orlando 3:00 PM
Tuesday, November 20th @ Orlando 7:00 PM
Thursday, November 22nd @ Fort Wayne 7:30 PM
Friday, November 23rd Vs Fort Wayne 7:30 PM (WNWN Rivalry Night and FANomenal Friday, Featuring, $2 Beer, $1 Pepsi and $1 Hot Dogs)
Sunday, November 25th Vs Toledo 3:00 PM (Family Hockey Day in the ‘ZOO, presented by Consumers Credit Union, Charter and MLive)