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February 5, 2020

K-WINGS FEND OFF MAVS IN RETURN HOME

Kalamazoo edges Kansas City in first game at Wings Event Center since mid-January.

Box Score

KALAMAZOO, MI – It had been 18 days since the Kalamazoo Wings (17-21-5-1) played a home game at Wings Event Center before Wednesday’s return from a season-long road trip. The K-Wings fended off the Kansas City Mavericks (19-24-3-1), 3-2 to pick up at least a point in six of their last seven games.

The K-Wings struck first after a three-save sequence from Kansas City goaltender Tyler Parsons. When the puck cleared the crease area into the corner, Justin Kovacs threw a pass back toward the net and Austin Farley chipped the shot over Parsons to give Kalamazoo a 1-0 lead after one. The goal extended Farley’s point streak to six games.

Following a successful 5-on-3 penalty kill to start the second period, the Mavericks tied the game when Mitch Hults knocked a rebound out of mid-air 3:39 into the frame. Kalamazoo went back in front when Justin Taylor redirected a point shot from Ian Edmondson into the net to make it 2-1, but again Kansas City answered. This time Rocco Carzo’s shot trickled past Jake Hildebrand and Carzo followed his own shot, knocking the loose puck sitting in the crease the rest of the way across the goal line to even the score at 2-2 after two.

Matt VanVoorhis, who sparked Kalamazoo’s second period goal with a relentless forecheck behind the net, scored the eventual game-winner 5:05 into the final frame when he tapped in a centering pass from Boston Leier, who returned to the K-Wings lineup Wednesday after missing the last 21 games with an injury.

Hildebrand stopped 26 of 28 shots in his 12th victory of the season. The second-year K-Wings goaltender is 4-0-1 in his last five starts.

Kalamazoo next hosts the Fort Wayne Komets at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Wings Event Center for 90’s Night. Dress in your favorite 90’s styles and jam out to some great 90’s music in this special event sought after by K-Wings fans at the end of last season.

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Kalamazoo Wings 3-Packs are now available online! Reserve your tickets for the three biggest games in the best seats with the best eats. Visit kwings.com for more information about all the perks that come with a K-Wings 3-Pack!

The Kalamazoo Wings are a professional hockey team located in southwest Michigan that has been a staple in the Kalamazoo, MI professional sports landscape since 1974. The K-Wings compete in the ECHL and are the AA affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.

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