|December 10, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Last Week’s Record: 1-0-0-1 Overall Record: 10-10-1-1
Saturday, December 7th @ Cincinnati Cyclones (Cincinnati 4-Kalamazoo 3-Shootout)
Cincinnati, OH- Erasing a two-goal third period deficit, the Cincinnati Cyclones (14-5-2-0) increased their North Division lead to three points with a come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory Friday night at the U.S. Bank Arena against the Kalamazoo Wings (9-10-1-1).
Being outshot 18-5 in the opening period didn’t seem to bother the K-Wings, as Kalamazoo was able to stay even with Cincinnati through 20 minutes of action.
After a K-Wings turnover at their own blue line, John McFarland (4th) raced the puck over two zones and capped off a two-on-one odd man rush with a wrister 5:36 remaining in the first period to grab the Cyclones an early advantage.
Eric Kattelus (7th) evened the game at 1-1 two and a half minutes later scoring the equalizer on a one-timer from between the circles that was setup from a tape-to-tape feed from Nick Sirota.
Turning the tables on the Cyclones in the second, the K-Wings outshot Cincinnati 14-4 in the stanza. Skating in the left circle, Kattelus continued his scoring prowess by putting the K-Wings ahead 2-1 midway in the period with his second goal of the night.
Extending their lead with just 7.2 seconds remaining in the period, Adam Polasek not only screened Cyclones goaltender Brian Foster, the defenseman, who was skating across the slot, deflected a Dustin Cloutier slap shot for his third goal of the season.
Cutting the K-Wings lead to a single-goal early in the third period, Josh Birkholz (2nd) scored shorthanded on a breakaway.
Deflecting an equalizer with 2:15 remaining in regulation, McFarland (5th) notched his second goal of the night to force overtime.
Heading goals from McFarland and Birkholtz, the Cyclones outlasted the K-Wings 2-1 in the seven-man shootout. Trailing 1-0 in the shootout, Kalamazoo forced the extra shootouts, when Kory Karlander recorded the K-Wings lone extra session marker on the team’s fifth attempt.
Saturday, December 8th Vs Toledo Walleye (Kalamazoo 4-Toledo 3)
Kalamazoo, MI- Sparked by a pair of second period goals from Nick Sirota, the Kalamazoo Wings (10-10-1-1) snapped a season-long four-game winless (0-2-1-1) streak with a 4-3 victory Saturday night at Wings Stadium versus the Toledo Walleye (13-10-0-1).
Scoring just as their first power-play of the game elapsed, Kalamazoo jumped ahead with a tally from Steven Anthony (2nd). Netting his first goal since November 20th, Anthony ripped a slap shot off the crossbar and over the line 14:38 into the contest.
The league’s leader in shots helped the Walleye midway in the period, as Willie Coetzee notched his 10th goal of the season to even the score at 1-1.
Taking control in the second period, Kalamazoo was efficient scoring three goals on five shots in the period.
Pulling ahead just 2:30 into the stanza, Kalamazoo reclaimed the lead with a power-play tally from Aaron Clarke (7th).
Sirota (5th) pushed the K-Wings lead to 3-1 a mere 49 seconds later with power-play goal of his own.
Less than four minutes later, Sirota (6th) became of the 10th member of the K-Wings to record a multiple goal game with a one-timer off of a Brett Lysak cross-rink pass.
Toledo cut the Kalamazoo lead to two goals late in the period with a power-play goal from Wes O’Neill. The former K-Wing, now leads all ECHL defensemen with five man-advantage goals.
Toledo’s most prolific goal scorer, Luke Glendening (14th) inched the Walleye closer with a redirected tally midway in the third period; however, unlike last Friday, the K-Wings were able to fend off the Walleye’s final attempt to even the contest to earn their first victory since November 23rd contest at Wings Stadium versus the Fort Wayne Komets.
It will be four games in five nights for the K-Wings starting this Wednesday, December 12th with a 7:30 p.m. encounter at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum against the Fort Wayne Komets. Kalamazoo is 4-2-0-0 against Fort Wayne, who starts the week one point ahead of the K-Wings for third place in the North Division.
Returning to Wings Stadium to start a brief two-game home stand, the K-Wings will host the Evansville IceMen this Friday, December 14th during Star Wars Night and a FANomenal Friday, featuring $2 beers, $1 Pepsi and in honor of Star Wars Night, $1 Jabba the Hut Dogs. On the season, the K-Wings are 2-1-0-0 against the IceMen, who enter the week tied with Kalamazoo for fourth place in the North Division.
It will be a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, as the K-Wings host the reigning Kelly Cup Champions, Florida Everblades this Saturday, December 15th during Holiday Fest 2012, presented by WKFR. In a night full of holiday spirit, WKFR will have their “Stuff the Bus” in the Wings Stadium parking lot, fans are encourage to wear their worst holiday sweaters and most important everyone coming to the game on Saturday is encourage to bring a new stuffed animal to participate in the 13th Annual Teddy Bear Toss Game. When the K-Wings score their first goal, fans will be able to throw their stuffed animals onto the ice. The stuffed animals collected will go to Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and to the K-Wings’ annual visit to the Bronson Children’s Hospital. The K-Wings will also be wearing special holiday themed jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. The Everblades enter the week in fourth place in the South Division.
Kalamazoo will conclude the week on Sunday, December 16th with a 5 p.m. showdown against Fort Wayne at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Brett Lysak (10 Goals)
Assists: Sam Ftorek (16 Assists)
Points: Eric Kattelus (22 Points)
+/-: Brett Lysak (+10)
Penalty Minutes: Darren Archibald (29 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Darren Archibald (4 Goals)
Short Handed Goals: Eric Kattelus (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Eric Kattelus (2 GW)
Shots: Darren Archibald (65 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Aaron Clarke (17.5%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Shootout Goals: Michael Davies, Brett Lysak Kory Karlander (1 Goal)
Shootout Percentage: Michael Davies, Kory Karlander (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.57)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.923)
Good Things Come in Threes
Forward Eric Kattelus is starting to heat up. Kattelus, who leads the K-Wings in scoring with 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists), has earned points in three straight games.
Lysak Nears Milestone
Forward Brett Lysak is closing in on a personal milestone. Lysak is four points shy of 400 in his career.
Snapping a Streak
Snapping a four-game (0-2-1-1) winless streak on Saturday, Kalamazoo will begin the week looking to snap another streak. The K-Wings enter the week looking to end a four-game (0-2-1-1) road winless streak.
Ftorek Nears 600
Defenseman Sam Ftorek is closing in on a personal milestone. Ftorek needs four more points to reach 600 for his career.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
On Saturday, Kalamazoo will face-off against Florida in the K-Wings’ WKFR 13th Annual Teddy Bear Toss game. The K-Wings, who are 14-5-0-0 all-time in Teddy Bear Toss Games, are 10-2-0-0 at home during and 4-3-0-0 as the road team.
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.
Martin, Reid and Young on the Radio
Join special guests Head Coach Nick Bootland along with Joel Martin, Elgin Reid, Harry Young and the “Voice of the K-Wings” Mike Modugno on Monday, December 10th 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, December 12th @ Fort Wayne 7:30 PM
Friday, December 14th Vs Evansville 7:30 PM (Star Wars Night and FANomenal Friday)
Saturday, December 15th Vs Florida 7:30 PM (WKFR Holiday Fest, Featuring the Teddy Bear Toss Game)
Sunday, December 16th @ Fort Wayne 5:00 PM
Friday, December 21st Vs Fort Wayne 7:30 PM (COOL 101 Game Show Night)
Saturday, December 22nd @ Evansville 7:15 PM (CDT)