|December 24, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0 Overall Record: 11-14-1-1
Friday, December 21st Vs Fort Wayne Komets (Fort Wayne 5-Kalamazoo 3)
Kalamazoo, MI- Utilizing a three-goal third period, the Fort Wayne Komets (14-11-1-1) came into Wings Stadium and skated away with a 5-3 victory Friday night over the Kalamazoo Wings (11-13-2-1).
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes of play, the K-Wings were outshot 11-4 in the period, earning three of their shots through special teams. Kalamazoo generated a shot on each of their two power-plays in the stanza, as well as another shot shorthanded.
A roller coaster of a second period saw the Komets record the first two goals of the contest. A mad scramble in front of the K-Wings net and the puck found itself on the stick of Josh Brittian, who tipped in his 11th goal of the season.
Capping off an odd-man rush, Kaleigh Schrock (2nd) extended the Komets lead midway in the period with a wrister from the slot.
Not recording their first shot on net until 7:11 left in the middle frame, the K-Wings made the most of their first attempt, as Kory Karlander (6th) one-timed an Aaron Clarke cross rink pass to cut the deficit to a single goal.
Snapping a 0-for-22 drought on the power-play, Kalamazoo pulled even later in the second with a five-on-three man-advantage marker from Eric Kattelus (10th).
Fort Wayne regained the lead midway in the third with perfect pass from behind the K-Wings net from Brittain, who fed Eric Giosa (4th) in front the crease with 9:19 remaining in regulation.
Ryan Lasch helped the Komets increase their lead to two goals five minutes later by lifting his sixth goal of the year over the shoulder of Joel Martin.
After an empty-netter from Thomas Beauregard (12th) gave the Komets their largest lead of the night with 1:09 remaining, Kalamazoo’s Adam Polasek would answer 30 seconds later with his fourth goal of the season to close out the scoring.
Saturday, December 22nd @ Evansville IceMen (Evansville 4-Kalamazoo 3)
Evansville, IN- Falling into a hole early, the Kalamazoo Wings (11-14-2-1) dropped their fourth straight overall (0-3-1-0) and their seventh straight on the road (0-4-2-1) with a 4-3 setback to the Evansville IceMen (11-17-0-3) Saturday night at the Ford Center.
End-to-end action led to plenty of scoring in the first period. A turnover in K-Wings zone, led by an innocent wrister from Matt Schepke (1st) started the scoring for IceMen midway in the period.
Over three minutes later, Patrick Kennedy (7th) won a battle to the right of Kalamazoo’s net and knocked in a Trent Vogelhuber rebound with 9:02 remaining in the period to extend Evansville’s lead to 2-0.
Aaron Clarke became the third member (Eric Kattelus, Brett Lysak) of the K-Wings to reach double-digits in goals earning his 10th of the season when he redirected a Kory Karlander centering pass with 6:55 left in the opening period.
Extending their lead back to two goals late in the stanza, a poke check from Schepke created a turnover in the K-Wings zone and the forward quickly gave it to Dylan Clarke, who walked for his ninth goal of the season.
The scoring subsided in the second period, but picked up early in the third, when Jason Dale (5th) scored the eventual game-winner on a backhander.
Making it exciting late, Kalamazoo struck for two goals in a span of 12 seconds apart midway in the stanza from Alexandre Mallet (1st) and the second of the game from Clarke (11th). The goal from Mallet was his first as a professional, while Clarke’s goal ties him with Lysak for the team-lead.
Returning home, the K-Wings will start the week on Friday, December 28th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Fort Wayne Komets, as Kalamazoo welcomes the Stanley Cup to Wings Stadium. First presented in 1893, the Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes and most recognizable in the world of professional sports. It will be displayed during the K-Wings-Komets game, which will coincide with 90’s Sitcom Night and a FANomenal Friday, featuring $2 beers, $1 Pepsi and $2 Roseanne’s Loose Meat Sandwiches. Viewing of the Stanley Cup will be FREE with a game ticket for December 28th. Fans will also be able to take pictures with the cup starting at 6:30 p.m. when doors open for the game. Kalamazoo is 4-4-1-0 against Fort Wayne, who starts the week five points ahead of the K-Wings for third place in the North Division.
Finishing the week on Saturday, December 29th, the Kalamazoo will travel to the Huntington Center for a 7:05 p.m. encounter to take on the Toledo Walleye. On the season, the K-Wings are 2-2-1-0 against the Walleye, who start the week in second place in the North Division.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Aaron Clarke, Brett Lysak (11 Goals)
Assists: Sam Ftorek, Kory Karlander (19 Assists)
Points: Eric Kattelus (26 Points)
+/-: Darren Archibald (+6)
Penalty Minutes: Mitch Versteeg (33 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Darren Archibald (4 Goals)
Short Handed Goals: Eric Kattelus (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Eric Kattelus (2 GW)
Shots: Sam Ftorek (79 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Aaron Clarke (20%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Shootout Goals: Michael Davies, Brett Lysak, Kory Karlander, Eric Kattelus (1 Goal)
Shootout Percentage: Michael Davies (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.75)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.913)
Dishing it Out
Defenseman Sam Ftorek has been dishing out the puck. Ftorek, who has 19 assists, is tied for the league-league among defensemen.
Defenseman Sam Ftorek and forward Brett Lysak are each closing in on a personal milestone. Ftorek needs one more point to reach 600 for his career, while Lysak is one point shy of 400.
Snapping a Couple of Streaks
Kalamazoo starts the week looking to snap two streaks. The K-Wings will hit the ice trying to end a season-high four-game (0-3-1-0) winless and a season-high seven-game (0-4-2-1) road winless streak.
Good After Two
When the K-Wings lead after two periods, they usually win. On the season, Kalamazoo is 7-1-1-1 when leading entering the third period.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
Kalamazoo offense has come from many different sources. The K-Wings have received offense attributions from all of their skates on their active roster.
Join special guests Head Coach Nick Bootland and the “Voice of the K-Wings” Mike Modugno on Monday, January 14th 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 Downtown.
K-Wings on Radio
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Friday, December 28th Vs Fort Wayne 7:30 PM (Stanley Cup Visit, FANomenal Fan Friday & 90’s Sit Com Night)
Saturday, December 29th @ Toledo 7:05 PM
Monday, December 31st Vs Cincinnati 7:00 PM (11th Annual COOL 101/WWMT New Year’s Eve Bash)
Friday, January 4th Vs Toledo 7:30 PM (FANomenal Friday & Singles Night)
Saturday, January 5th Vs Evansville 7:30 PM (Bad Bridesmaid Dress Night)
Sunday, January 6th @ Toledo 5:05 PM