|January 7, 2013 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Last Week's Record 3-1-0-0 Overall Record: 15-16-2-1
Monday, December 31st Vs Cincinnati (Kalamazoo 3-Cincinnati 2)
Kalamazoo, MI –In a game that featured two of the ECHL’s top premiere goaltenders Joel Martin (30 saves) and the Kalamazoo Wings (13-15-2-1) out-dueled the Brian Foster (34 saves) and the North Division leading Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 during the 11th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash, presented by COOL 101 and WWMT.
Dictating the play in a majority of the first period by outshooting Cincinnati 17-7, Kalamazoo took a 1-0 advantage midway in the period, when Alexandre Mallet floated a shot off the glove of Cincinnati’s Foster and into the net.
Late in the period, three seconds following their lone power-play in the first, Cincinnati tied the game when an Anthony Luciani slap shot hit off the end wall right to the stick of Garrett Wilson for this team-leading 13th goal of the season.
Despite a combined five power-play chances, neither team was able to score in the second period. Cincinnati went 0-for-3 with a man-advantage in the period, including four straight minutes of power-play time due to a double high-sticking minor from Aaron Clarke.
Josh Shalla (13th) claimed the lead for the Cyclones early in the third period with a redirected marker, tying him with Wilson for Cincinnati’s team-lead in goals.
Just like they did two nights before, the K-Wings would strike for two goals in under a minute, this time needing just 41 seconds to secure the victory.
Cycling the puck on the power-play, Eric Kattelus notched his personal-best for goals in a season with his 11th that went off the crossbar and in to tie the game at 2-2. Sam Ftorek, who assisted on the goal, earned his 600th career point on the tally.
Creating a turnover in the neutral zone, Clarke raced up and sent a slap shot over the head of Foster that hit the end zone glass and flung back off the goaltender and in for the eventual game-winner. The goal was Clarke’s team-leading 12th of the season and extended his point streak to five games.
Friday, January 4th Vs Toledo Walleye (Toledo 2-Kalamazoo 0)
Kalamazoo, MI – For the first-time this season, the Kalamazoo Wings were held off the scoreboard, as the Toledo Walleye defeated the K-Wings 2-0 Friday night at Wings Stadium.
Scoring two goals the week before against Kalamazoo, Toledo’s Terry Broadhurst kept his lamp-lighting ways against the K-Wings notching his 12th goal of the season on a rebound with 11:08 remaining in the period.
Taking advantage of a K-Wings turnover early in the second period, the Walleye extended their lead 18 seconds into the stanza, when Max Nicastro stole a pass off the wall and quickly tossed a shot to the net that was redirected by Randy Rowe (9th).
Kalamazoo, who outshot Toledo 35-25, was shutout for the first-time since March 10, 2012 in a game against the Chicago Express, a span of 43 regular games.
Saturday, January 5th Vs Evansville (Kalamazoo 7-Evansville 3)
Kalamazoo, MI – A night after posting a season-low for goals scored, the Kalamazoo Wings (14-16-2-1) exploded for a season-high seven goals, including a season-high five-point night (2 goals, 3 assists) from Eric Kattelus in a 7-3 rout of the Evansville IceMen (12-20-0-3)
Scoring on a rebound, Wade MacLeod (5th) extended his point streak to five games and gave the IceMen a 1-0 advantage 8:20 into the contest.
Needing only 44 seconds to respond, Kattelus (12th) notched the equalizer with a wrister from the left circle.
Capping off a stretch of three goals in less than three minutes, MacLeod recorded his second of the game with a power-play strike. MacLeod, who started the season in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons, has earned six goals in four games with the IceMen.
Pulling even before the intermission, Kattelus sent a perfect centering pass to Aaron Clarke, who redirected his team-leading 13th goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 with just 51 seconds remaining in the period.
Special teams play dominated the second period for the K-Wings, as Kalamazoo struck for a season-high three power-play goals in a single stanza.
Finding free space in the high-slot, Mitch Versteeg (4th) captured the lead for good for the K-Wings blasting home his third goal of the season 1:46 into the period.
Alexandre Mallet (4th) extended the K-Wings lead to 4-2 less than two minutes later with a power-play wrister from the bottom of the left circle.
Being in the right place at the right time, Tyler Shelast (2nd) earned the third man-advantage tally for the K-Wings, knocking in a Clarke slap shot that hit the elbow of the post and went right to the tape of the former IceMen.
Using an aggressive penalty-kill, Kalamazoo tied their most goals in a season by notching their second shorthanded tally of the season, with a slap shot from Nick Sirota (8th).
Storming out in the third period, Kalamazoo garnered their largest lead of the night with Kattelus’ second of the game and team-tying 13th of the season 22 seconds into the period with a backhander from the slot. The goal was Kalamazoo’s season-high fourth power-play goal of the night
Evansville’s Sebastian Wannstrom (3rd) closed out the scoring with a wrister from the corner, as Kalamazoo would go on to the four-goal victory.
Sunday, January 6th @ Toledo Walleye (Kalamazoo 2-Toledo 1-Shootout)
Toledo, OH – Joel Martin (13-13-2-1) turned aside a game-high 31 shots, not including all five he would face in the shootout, as the Kalamazoo Wings (15-16-2-1) defeated the Toledo Walleye (19-13-0-4) 2-1 in a shootout Sunday evening at the Huntington Center.
Crisp passing on an odd-man rush gave the Walleye the lead late in the first period, as Willie Coetzee found Max Nicastro (2nd) for the go-ahead tally with 2:45 remaining in the period. Both of Nicastro’s goals this season have occurred against the K-Wings.
Streaking up the ice late in the period, Aaron Clarke flipped a pass to Alexandre Mallet (5th), who in a single motion fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Jordan Pearce (10-5-0-1) with 25.6 seconds remaining in the stanza to tie the game at 1-1.
A second-round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2012, Mallet, who has played in 14 games for the K-Wings, has earned five goals in his last seven contests.
Neither team could figure out how to beat either goaltender in the remainder of the game, which forced a shootout.
In the extra session, Kalamazoo’s Eric Kattelus notched the lone goal of the shootout lifting a wrister over the glove hand of Pearce.
This season, the K-Wings have stopped 22 of the 24 (0.917) shootout attempts they have faced, the best-percentage in the entire ECHL.
The victory marks the first-time this season that Kalamazoo has won back-to-back games on the road.
Battling the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the K-Wings will start the week on Wednesday, January 9th with a 7 p.m. face-off at Wings Stadium versus the Reading Royals. Wednesday night will be WRKR Holiday Hangover and $5 Pack the House Night. For an additional $10, fans can turn their tickets to all-you-can seats. Wings Stadium will have a delicious buffet featuring hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, Sloppy Joes, K-Wings boneless wings, French Fries and random desserts. January 9th will be the first meeting of the season between the teams. Reading starts the week in first place in the Atlantic Division and owns a league-best record of 29-8-1-1 (52 points).
Traveling down south, Kalamazoo will play a pair of games over the weekend against the Gwinnett Gladiators. The K-Wings will square off on Saturday, January 12th with a 7:05 p.m. face-off from the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The two teams will meet again the next night on Sunday, January 13th with a 5:05 p.m. encounter. This weekend will be the first two games between the teams. Gwinnett starts the week in first place in the South Division with a record of 24-12-1-0 (42 points), the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Aaron Clarke, Eric Kattelus (13 Goals)
Assists: Kory Karlander (21 Assists)
Points: Eric Kattelus (32 Points)
+/-: Darren Archibald (+6)
Penalty Minutes: Harry Young (41 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Eric Kattelus (5 Goals)
Short Handed Goals: Eric Kattelus, Nick Sirota (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Aaron Clarke, Eric Kattelus (2 GW)
Shots: Sam Ftorek (90 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Alexandre Mallet (22.7%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Shootout Goals: Kory Karlander, Eric Kattelus (2 Goals)
Shootout Percentage: Michael Davies (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.65)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.917)
Alexandre the Great
Forward Alexandre Mallet has been on a scoring tear. Mallet has earned five goals in his last seven games.
Sirota Nears 100
Forward Nick Sirota is closing in a personal milestone. Sirota needs three more assists to reach 100 for his career.
Out of Division
On Wednesday, Kalamazoo will play the Reading Royals. The contest will be sixth out of the North Division this season and their first since December 15th versus the Florida Everblades.
Kalamazoo is starting to heat up. The K-Wings have won four out of their last five games.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
Kalamazoo’s seven-goal performance on Saturday was the most they have recorded in a game this season. The seven-goal outburst was the most that the K-Wings have scored since March 18, 2012 when they posted a ECHL team record nine goals versus the Toledo Walleye.
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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Wednesday, January 9th Vs Reading 7:00 PM (WRKR Holiday Hangover and $5 Pack the House Night)
Saturday, January 12th @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM
Sunday, January 13th @ Gwinnett 4:05 PM
Wednesday, January 16th Vs Elmira 7:00 PM (Kibbles & Sticks, Presented by Adams Outdoors and COOL 101)
Friday, January 18th @ Evansville 7:15 PM (CDT)
Saturday, January 19th Vs Fort Wayne 7:30 PM (5th Annual McDonald’s Golden Ice Game, Presented by WNWN)