|December 12, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Fort Wayne, IN- Dropping their fifth straight (0-3-1-1) on the road, the Kalamazoo Wings (10-11-1-1) started a stretch of four games in five nights with a 7-3 defeat Wednesday night to the Fort Wayne Komets (12-9-0-1) at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum.
Placed in a hole early, the K-Wings fell behind 3-0 to the Komets. Luca Caputi (3rd, 4th) notched a pair of goals to start the game. Caputi’s high-slot slap put Fort Wayne on the board 3:59 into the contest.
Spinning from the right circle, Caputi’s second tally caromed off of a K-Wings skate and past Joel Martin midway in the stanza. Fort Wayne pushed their lead to three goals three minutes later when Matt Firman (4th) stripped John Armstrong of the puck behind the K-Wings net and quickly forced it over the goal line.
Answering immediately, Nick Sirota scored 21 seconds later with his third goal in two games and his seventh-goal over all on a one-timer that was setup by Eric Kattelus, who increased his point streak to four games with the assists.
Regaining a three-goal cushion early in the second period, Fort Wayne’s Jean-Michel Rizk finished off an odd-man rush tacking on his ninth-goal of the season 2:57 into the stanza.
Keeping up the pressure on the K-Wings, Josh Brittian (8th) pushed the Komets advantage to 5-1 midway in the period with a wrist shot from the left circle.
Trying to mount a comeback early in the final 20 minutes, Kalamazoo quickly struck for a pair of goals from Aaron Clarke (8th) and John Armstrong (4th) within the first 3:46 into the period to cut the Komets lead to two goals.
All of Armstrong’s four goals this season have come against Fort Wayne.
Shutting the door on the K-Wings comeback bid, Brittian (9th, 10th) tacked on an empty-netter and a breakaway marker to record a hat trick.
Making his first appearance as a K-Wing, Brooks Ostergard replaced Martin to start the third period and made nine saves on 10 shots, while Martin (8-8-1-1) received the loss stopping 23 shots.
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The K-Wings will return home to Wings Stadium to begin a two-game home stand this Friday, December 14th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Evansville IceMen during Star Wars Night and a FANomenal Friday, featuring $2 beers (including Shock Top and Molson), $1 Pepsi and in honor of Star Wars Night, $1 Jabba the Hut Dogs.
As part of Friday’s out-of-this world entertainment, there will be a Star Wars costume contest and members of the 501st Garrison will be on hand Friday night interacting with the fans.
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.