|December 6, 2013 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Gwinnett, GA- Despite needing more than 60 minutes the Kalamazoo Wings extended their unbeaten streak (3-0-0-1) to four games with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators.
Last season the K-Wings posted seven shorthanded goals in 72 games. This year Kalamazoo entered Friday night with five shorthanded tallies and added to that total late in the opening period.
Stealing the puck in the neutral zone, Yanni Gourde (9th) earned his team-leading second shorthanded goal of the season by finishing off a two-on-one odd man rush with Justin Taylor. After receiving a pass from Taylor, Gourde kicked the puck to himself and stepped around the defense for the goal. The goal extended Gourde’s point streak to four games.
With under a minute remaining in the first period, Taylor (3rd) extended the K-Wings lead to 2-0 by redirecting a David Pacan wrist shot. Taylor, who was held without a goal in his first 15 games of the season, has registered three goals in his last two contests.
Cutting the K-Wings lead in half in the second period, Mike Embach (4th)snuck around Kalamazoo’s defense and lifted a backhander over a sprawled out Joel Martin 7:02 into the period.
Less than two minutes later, Kalamazoo regained its two-goal lead with a goal from the point from Mike Matczak (2nd). The goal from Matczak increased his point streak to four games.
Starting a comeback midway in the period, Kurtis Bartiff (8th) brought the Gladiators back to the single goal scoring on a breakaway.
Early in the third period, Embach (5th) forced overtime by striking on a five-on-three power-play to even the game at 3-3.
The K-Wings out-dueled the Gladiators 3-2 in the shootout receiving goals from Taylor, Yannick Veilleux and Eric Kattelus.
Kalamazoo will continue their four-game road swing with the third-leg of the trip tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th with a 7p.m. encounter against the Greenville Road Warriors.
The K-Wings will return home on Friday, December 13th versus the Cincinnati Cyclones on Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and Teddy Bear Toss Night. The fan that wears the ugliest Holiday sweater will receive $200. The game will also feature $2 beers, $2 hot dogs and $1 Pepsi products.
December 13th will also be the annual Teddy Bear Toss night, when the K-Wings score their first goal; fans will throw stuffed animals onto the ice. The stuffed animals collected will go to the Salvation Army and to the K-Wings annual visit to the Children’s Hospital at Bronson.
Tickets for all 36 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 holiday 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.