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K-Wings defeat Komets in overtime

Matt Caria scores game-winner in overtime to lift Kalamazoo past Fort Wayne
January 8, 2014 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster

Fort Wayne, IN- The Kalamazoo Wings extended their unbeaten streak in regulation to four games (3-0-1-0) Wednesday night with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Fort Wayne Komets.

Striking first Shawn Szydlowski (1st) gave the Komets the lead 9:05 in the game with a rebound marker.

It didn’t take Kalamazoo long to respond. Earning his first point of the season, Brandon Martell (1st) lit the lamp with a wrister from the left circle just 30 seconds after Szydlowski’s goal to tie the game at 1-1.

A turnover in the K-Wings zone proved costly for Kalamazoo late in the second period. Making his Fort Wayne debut, Christian Ouellet (4th) walked in alone after stealing the puck in the high slot for his first Komets goal 18:47 into the period. Ouellet, who started the season with the Elmira Jackals, was traded to Fort Wayne as part of a four-player deal on Monday.

Ben Meisner replaced starting Komets goaltender Andrey Makarov (21 saves) 12 seconds into the third period after Makarov left the game with an injury.

Pulling even midway in the stanza, Dustin Cloutier (2nd) tipped in a David Pacan rebound to force overtime. Cloutier has earned points (2 goals, 1 assist) in all three games he has played this season with K-Wings.  

In the extra session, Matt Caria (7th) notched his team-best third game-winning goal of the season with a left circle wrister with 1:28 remaining in overtime.

Joel Martin made 36 saves for the victory, while Meisner had 14 saves in relief for the overtime loss.

Wednesday’s contest was originally scheduled for last Sunday, but was postponed due to inclement weather in both Fort Wayne and Kalamazoo.

Game Sheet

Kalamazoo will conclude their brief two-game road swing this Friday, January 10th with a 7:35 p.m. encounter against the Cincinnati Cyclones.  

The K-Wings will return to Wings Stadium this Saturday, January 11th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Komets during Star Wars Night and Schupan &Sons INC. presents Big Brothers and Big Sisters Night.  As part of Saturday’s out-of-this world entertainment members of the 501st Garrison will be on hand interacting with the fans. 

Tickets for all K-Wings home games are currently on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, including www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Regular season ticket prices for home games are $13 and $17.50 for adults and only $7 for kids ages 12 and under. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice games and the New Year’s Eve game) are just $1 more. Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single-game tickets in advance. Tickets purchased on the day of a game increase by $2 (adults only).

Fans that plan on attending multiple games can avoid service fees plus enjoy a discount from the single-game price by purchasing a 12, 24 or 36-game flexi-plan. These plans, along with rivalry packs and group ticket packages may be ordered through the K-Wings Sales office by calling (269) 743-6011.

For more information about tonight’s game, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 226-0384.                                                                                                                                                               


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