|January 14, 2013 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Last Week’s Record: 1-2-0-0 Overall Record: 16-18-2-1
Wednesday, January 9th Vs Reading (Reading 4-Kalamazoo 1)
Kalamazoo, MI – Three goals in a span of 11 minutes in the first period doomed the Kalamazoo Wings (15-17-2-1), as the K-Wings lost 4-1 Wednesday night at Wings Stadium to the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Reading Royals (26-8-1-1).
Alex Berry (5th) gave the Royals the early lead with a hard wrister from the slot that beat K-Wings goaltender Joel Martin just 3:27 into the contest.
Scoring in similar fashion, Ethan Cox (4th) found room above the crease after a give-and-go with Kirk MacDonald midway in the period.
Just 42 seconds later, it was 3-0 Reading when David Marshall (10th) scored right off the draw after he took a pass from Yannick Tifu. Tifu’s assist was his second of the period.
Registering for their lone goal in the infant stages of the third period, Tyler Shelast (3rd) put the K-Wings on the board with a one-timer that was setup by Alexandre Grenier, who was making his season-debut for Kalamazoo.
Kirk MacDonald (12th) reclaimed the three-goal cushion for the Royals late in regulation, when his slap shot went over the glove hand of Martin and caromed off the elbow of the crossbar and into the net.
Saturday, January 12th @ Gwinnett Gladiators (Gwinnett 4-Kalamazoo 2)
Gwinnett, GA – The Kalamazoo Wings started off a brief two-game road swing Saturday night with a 4-2 loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
A combined nine shots between the teams led to three goals in the opening period. Alex Belzile (4th) put the Gladiators ahead 1-0 scoring on a quick wrist shot that was setup from a cross-rink pass from Doug Jones 3:54 into the first period.
Brian Bicek (1st) pulled the K-Wings even 10 minutes later, when his left circle slap shot deflected off the shoulder of goaltender Mike Lee and flew just under the crossbar to tie the game at 1-1.
Responding less than two minutes later, Belzile (5th) notched his second goal of the game with a slap shot from the right circle to give the Gladiators a 2-1 advantage.
Immediately after coming out of the penalty box, Cody Carlson notched his second goal of the season 10:19 into the second period to extend the Gladiators lead to 3-1. While Carlson’s initial shot was turned aside by Joel Martin, the rebound went right back to the forward, who lifted it over Martin.
Just 1:30 later, Joey Haddad (2nd) extended to the Gladiators lead to three goals, registering his second goal of the season off a power-play rebound. Gwinnett finished the game 1-for-3 on the power-play.
Going 1-for-9 on the power-play, Kalamazoo earned their lone man-advantage strike midway in the third period, when Jeff Pierce (1st) poked in an Alexandre Mallet rebound.
Sunday, January 13th @ Gwinnett Gladiators (Kalamazoo 4-Gwinnett 3-In a Shootout)
Gwinnett, GA – Earning a split of their two games with the Gwinnett Gladiators (25-12-1-1), the Kalamazoo Wings (16-18-2-1) outlasted the Gladiators 4-3 in a shootout Sunday night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Racing the puck out of their zone, Doug Jones worked his way around the K-Wings defense and launched a blistering slap shot for his team-best 15th goal of the season 4:20 into the first period.
Prior to Sunday night, scoring first was a good omen for the Gladiators, as Gwinnett was 22-1-1-0 when registering the game’s first goal.
A great individual effort helped the K-Wings even the game at 1-1 midway in the period, as John Armstrong was able to tightrope walk the blue line on his way to sneaking into the high slot for his fifth goal of the season.
A turnover to start a power-play cost the K-Wings late in the opening period, when Andy Brandt (7th) capped off an odd-man rush with a shorthanded marker to regain a single goal advantage for the Gladiators.
Battling back early in the second period, Nick Sirota (9th) recorded the equalizer for Kalamazoo, 3:34 into the stanza, with a one-timer created by a centering pass from Armstrong.
Sirota (10th) gave the K-Wings their first lead of the night 7:49 into the third period with an assist from Alexandre Grenier and Armstrong. Grenier, a third round NHL draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, has earned points in all three games he has played with the K-Wings.
Using last minute heroics, Rylan Galiardi (11th) forced overtime with a power-play tally with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
Settling matters in a marathon nine-man shootout, the K-Wings out-dueled the Gladiators 2-1 in the extra session with goals from Armstrong and the eventual game-winner from Sam Ftorek.
Joel Martin (14-15-2-1), who made 34 saves in regulation and overtime, stopped eight of nine shots he faced in the shootout. In six shootout appearances (5-1), Martin has stopped a league-best 30 of the 33 attempts (90.9%) he has faced.
Preparing for a three-game week the K-Wings will return to Wings Stadium this Wednesday, January 16th for a 7 p.m. face-off versus the Elmira Jackals during Kibbles and Sticks Night, where fans can bring their dog to the game, presented by Adams Outdoors and COOL 101 FM. Dog tickets for the game will be $5, with the proceeds going to the Animal Rescue Project. Wednesday will be the first of four games between the K-Wings and Jackals and the lone appearance to Wings Stadium for Elmira. The Jackals start the week in third place in the Atlantic Division.
Kalamazoo will head back on the road on Friday, January 18th for a 7:15 p.m. (CDT) encounter against the Evansville IceMen at the Ford Center. On the season, the K-Wings are 4-2-0-0 against the IceMen, who start the week in fifth place in the North Division, one point behind Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo will conclude the week back at Wings Stadium on Saturday, January 19th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Fort Wayne Komets during the 5th Annual Golden Ice Game and a WIN-WIN night, presented by 98.5 FM WNWN. If the K-Wings defeat the Komets on Saturday, all fans in attendance will receive a FREE ticket to Kalamazoo’s home game on Sunday, January 27th versus the Bakersfield Condors.
While the K-Wings already wear McDonald’s themed warm-up jerseys during the entire season, the team will also don a special McDonald’s themed jersey for the night. Following the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (RMHC®) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMHC fulfills its mission by creating innovative, effective programs that address targeted needs, and by supporting these programs and other activities conducted by its local chapters worldwide. RMHC also awards grants to other nonprofit children’s organizations that positively impact the health and well being of children around the world. On the season, the K-Wings are 4-5-0-1 versus the Komets, who start the week in second place in the North Division.
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 (43 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 (97 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Alexandre Mallet (17.9%)
Overtime Goals: Entire Team (0 Goals)
Shootout Goals: Kory Karlander, Eric Kattelus (2 Goals)
Shootout Percentage: John Armstrong, Michael Davies, Sam Ftorek (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.74)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.914)
Three More to Chicago
Earlier today, the K-Wings had forwards Alexandre Grenier, Alexandre Mallet and defenseman John Negrin reassigned the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. In total, the K-Wings have 19 players that are either called up (10) or injured (9)
Sirota Nears 100
Forward Nick Sirota is closing in a personal milestone. Sirota needs three more assists to reach 100 for his career.
Goaltender Joel Martin has been tough to score on in shootouts. Martin has stopped 30 out of the 33 (90.9%) shootout attempts he has faced.
Good Things Come in Threes
Forward Alexandre Grenier has had good start to his K-Wings career. Grenier has earned points in all three games he has played with the K-Wings.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
Kalamazoo will host the Fort Wayne Komets this Saturday during the 5th Annual McDonald’s Golden Ice Game. The K-Wings are 2-2-0-0 on golden ice and 2-1-0-0 since joining the ECHL.
Anthony, Karlander, Sirota on the Radio
Join special guests Steven Anthony, Kory Karlander and Nick Sirota, as they join 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
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, 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)
Friday, January 25th @ Toledo 7:05 PM
Saturday, January 26th @ Cincinnati 7:35 PM