|December 14, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Kalamazoo, MI- For the first time (1-8-0-0) this season, the Kalamazoo Wings (11-11-1-1) entered the third period trailing their opponent and came back to taste victory with a 3-2 shootout win Friday night versus the Evansville IceMen (10-14-0-3) on Stars Wars Night.
Evansville got on the board midway through the first period after Kevin Baker (5th) scored on a third chance opportunity that was created by Todd Robinson, who received an assist on the goal to raise his point streak to eight games.
Pulling even with less than two minutes remaining in the period, Brett Lysak (11th) centering pass hit off the stick of Matt Gens and into the IceMen’s net. Assisting on the goal were Eric Kattelus and Nick Sirota. Kattelus extended his point streak to five games, while Sirota upped his point streak to four games.
Baker (6th) helped the IceMen regain the lead in the second period, netting the lone goal in the period and his second of the contest with a power-play strike with 12:42 remaining the stanza.
Digging the puck from the Evansville corner early in the third, Lysak found Kattelus near the crease for the forwards ninth goal of the season.
Held scoreless for the remainder of regulation and overtime, the K-Wings and IceMen would settle matters in a shootout. As the third shooter for Kalamazoo in the extra session, Kattelus netted the lone goal of the shootout to secure the victory for the K-Wings.
Joel Martin made a game-high 38 saves for his ninth victory of the season (9-8-1-1).
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The K-Wings will remain home tomorrow, Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 p.m. to host the Florida Everblades in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals during Holiday Fest 2012, presented by WKFR
In a night full of holiday spirit, WKFR will have their “Stuff the Bus” in the Wings Stadium parking lot from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Anyone that brings a new, unwrapped toy for “Stuff the Bus” will receive a coupon for a buy one ticket; get one ticket free for the K-Wings game against the Everblades.
As part of the K-Wings holiday tradition, fans are encourage to wear their ugliest holiday sweaters for a contest and most importantly everyone coming to the game on Saturday is encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to participate in the 13th Annual Teddy Bear Toss Game.
To cap off the holiday extravaganza, the K-Wings will also be wearing special holiday themed jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game.
When the K-Wings score their first goal, fans are encouraged to throw their stuffed animals onto the ice. The stuffed animals collected will be go to Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and to the K-Wings’ annual visit to The Children’s Hospital at Bronson, which will occur this Monday, December 17th at 2 p.m.
This year, Slappy will be joined on the visit to the hospital by head coach Nick Bootland, along with players, Aaron Clarke, Eric Kattelus and Elgin Reid.
Single-game tickets for the 2012-2013 season are on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday’s. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
Tickets for all K-Wings home games are $13 and $17.50 for adults and only $7 for kids ages 14 and under. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice games and New Year’s Eve game) are just $1 more.
Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single-game tickets in advance because tickets purchased on the day of a game increase by $2 (adults only).
For more information about tonight’s contest, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 226-0384.