|February 4, 2013 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0 Overall Record: 20-20-4-1
Wednesday, January 30th Vs Fort Wayne Komets (Fort Wayne 2-Kalamazoo 1)
Kalamazoo, MI – A North Division grudge match was decided midway in the final period with a goal from Eric Giosa (9th) lifting the Fort Wayne Komets (24-19-1-1) over the Kalamazoo Wings (19-20-4-1) Wednesday night at Wings Stadium.
Slipping past the Kalamazoo defense, Fort Wayne’s Thomas Beauregard netted his team-leading 16th goal of the season. Beauregard’s initial shot was turned aside by the reigning ECHL’s Reebok Goaltender of the Week, Joel Martin; however, the rebound rolled back to the tape of the forward for the marker 9:11 into the period.
Beating the clock to tie the game at 1-1, Nick Sirota notched his 16th goal of the season by sweeping up a rebound with one-tenth of a second remaining in the period. Setting up the power-play strike were John Negrin and John Armstrong. The assist from Armstrong increased his point streak to four games.
After no scoring in the second period, Giosa earned the eventual game-winner on a secondary opportunity that sailed over the shoulder of Martin with 5:26 remaining in regulation.
Friday, February 1st @ Fort Wayne Komets (Kalamazoo 5-Fort Wayne 1)
Fort Wayne, IN – Exploding for a season-high tying four goals in a single period in the opening 20 minutes, the Kalamazoo Wings (20-20-4-1) cruised to a 5-1 victory Friday night over the Fort Wayne Komets (24-20-1-1) at Allen County Memorial Coliseum.
Kalamazoo jumped ahead 7:15 into the first period, when Elgin Reid (6th) utilized a screen in front of the Komets net to record his sixth-goal of the season.
Smothering the Komets in the late stages of the period, the K-Wings would ring up three goals in a span of 2:59. Waiting in the right spot, Aaron Clarke notched his 15th goal of the season, when he found a loose puck that rolled off the tape of Brett Lysak at the 15:46 mark of the period.
Just over a minute later, Kalamazoo extended their lead to 3-0 with a blue line wrister from Yann Sauve (2nd). Following the goal from Sauve, Fort Wayne pulled goaltender Marco Cousineau, who left the game making four saves on seven shots in 16:50.
After Cousineau left, things didn’t get easier for his replacement Charlie Effinger (18 saves) as the netminder surrendered a lamp-lighter to Alexandre Grenier (1st) to cap off the trio of goals of the K-Wings. Assisting on the goal for Kalamazoo was John Armstrong, who extended his point streak to five games with the helper.
Setup by a big check by Armstrong (7th) in the Komets zone, the forward would finish the play with a give-and-go marker to pushed the K-Wings lead to 5-0 6:36 into the second period. Grenier, who finished the game with a team-high three points (1 goal, 2 assists) earned an assist on the tally.
Saturday, February 2nd Vs Wheeling (Postponed)
Kalamazoo, MI – Saturday’s ECHL scheduled game between the K-Wings and the Wheeling Nailers was postponed due to weather and transportation issues.
Anyone who had tickets for Saturday’s game can use them for the rescheduled contest, yet to be determined, and redeem them for a complementary voucher for any Friday K-Wings home game in March.
Fans need to bring tonight’s game ticket to the Wings Stadium Ticket Office to redeem it for their choice, equal or lesser value and subject to availability, of a Friday game of their choosing in March.
The K-Wings will battle the Evansville IceMen this Wednesday, February 6th with a 7 p.m. face-off at Wings Stadium during a Pack the House Night, where all tickets are just $5. The K-Wings are 4-2-1-0 versus the IceMen, who start the week in fifth place in the North Division.
Beginning a three-game road trip on Friday, February 8th, Kalamazoo will take on the Elmira Jackals at the First Arena at 7:05 p.m. The K-Wings are 0-1-0-0 against the Jackals, who start the week tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with the Wheeling Nailers.
Continuing the road swing on Saturday, February 9th, Kalamazoo will head to the Sun National Bank Arena for a 7:35 encounter against the Trenton Titans. Saturday will be the first of two meetings between the teams this season and the lone in Trenton. The Titans begin the week fourth place in the Atlantic Division.
Wrapping up the road swing on Sunday, February 10th, the K-Wings will travel to the Sovereign Center for a 4:05 p.m. face-off against the Reading Royals. Kalamazoo is 0-1-0-0 against Reading, who starts the week atop the Atlantic Division and owns the best-record in the entire Eastern Conference.
Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings
Goals: Nick Sirota (16 Goals)
Assists: Sam Ftorek (22 Assists)
Points: Aaron Clarke (34 Points)
+/-: Alexandre Grenier (+10)
Penalty Minutes: Nick Sirota (49 Minutes)
Power Play Goals: Eric Kattelus (5 Goals)
Short Handed Goals: Dustin Cloutier, Eric Kattelus, Nick Sirota (1 Goal)
Game Winning Goals: Aaron Clarke (4 GW)
Shots: Nick Sirota (119 Shots)
Shooting Percentage: Eric Kattelus (17.3%)
Overtime Goals: Yann Sauve (1 Goal)
Shootout Goals: Kory Karlander, Eric Kattelus (2 Goals)
Shootout Percentage: John Armstrong, Michael Davies, Sam Ftorek (100%)
Goals Against Average: Joel Martin (2.61)
Save Percentage: Joel Martin (0.921)
Forward John Armstrong enters tonight on a five-game point and assist streak. The five-game point streak is one game shy of a tying the K-Wings season-high, while the five-game assist streak ties for a K-Wings season-high.
Stopping the Puck
Joel Martin has been a brick wall for the K-Wings. Martin, who leads the ECHL with 1,219 saves, has recorded 161 saves in his last four home games, an average of 40.25 a game.
Scoring in the Clutch
Forward Aaron Clarke recorded the game-winning goal for the K-Wings in last Friday's victory over the Fort Wayne Komets. Four of Clarke’s 15 goals this season have been game-winners, which leads the K-Wings in that category.
On Friday, the K-Wings will begin a three-game road trip. In fact starting on Friday, eight of Kalamazoo’s next 10 games will occur away from Wings Stadium.
The Obscure Stat of the Week
Forward Nick Sirota has recorded goals in two straight home games for the K-Wings. Sirota, who has scored 16 goals this season, earned nine of them in the month of January.
Join special guests Head Coach Nick Bootland and the “Voice of the K-Wings” Mike Modugno on Monday, February 11th 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, February 6th Vs Evansville 7:00 PM ($5 Pack the House Night)
Friday, February 8th @ Elmira 7:05 PM
Saturday, February 9th @ Trenton 7:35 PM
Sunday, February 10th @ Reading 4:05 PM
Thursday, February 14th Vs Trenton 7:00 PM (13th Annual Valentine’s Pink Ice Game, presented by SeaLandAir Travel and Apple Vacations)
Friday, February 15th Vs Toledo 7:30 PM (2nd Annual Susan G. Koman Game, presented by Consumers Energy)