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December 17, 2021
K-WINGS DROP HARD-FOUGHT GAME IN FORT WAYNE
Strong efforts from Sorenson and Vallati not enough in Kalamazoo Loss
FORT WAYNE, IN— The Kalamazoo Wings (11-9-0-0) dropped a close 4-2 game to the Fort Wayne Komets (13-6-2-0) Friday night at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The K-Wings would kick off the scoring, taking advantage of a Komets turnover in the neutral zone. Kalamazoo Forward Tanner Sorenson charged up the heart of the Komets defense and fired a shot past the goalie to give the K-Wings an early lead. The goal marked Sorenson’s fourth straight game with a point. The Komets would respond in a similar fashion, as Fort Wayne Forward Anthony Petruzzelli scored on a breakaway to tie things up at the end of the first period.
Fort Wayne would take the lead on a goal in the second period. A shot from Komets Forward Matthew Barnaby took an unusual bounce off of K-Wings Goalie Jet Greaves to find the net.
Petruzzelli found the game-winner in the third frame to make it 3-1 Fort Wayne. The K-Wings would respond in a 4-on-4 opportunity. A shot from Andrew DeBrincat was deflected and Giovanni Vallati drained the rebound from the left circle to draw Kalmazoo within one. With 2:19 remaining, Komets Forward Oliver Cooper would score on an empty netter to ice the game.
Greaves stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced in the loss.
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 Columbus Blue Jackets and American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.