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January 14, 2022
KALAMAZOO, MI -The Kalamazoo Wings (18-12-0-0) channeled their inner superhero again, as they scored three goals in a span of 2:55 to end the game and beat the Toledo Walleye (20-8-0-2) by a score of 4-2 on Marvel Night at Wings Event Center on Friday.
Kalamazoo outplayed the Walleye all night but was having trouble seeing the results on the score sheet until they erupted to end it.
It was clear by the shot total at the end the first (17-9), that the opportunity to triumph would present itself.
But the 3,077 at Wings Event Center would have to wait for it.
Justin Murray (3) started the offensive assault by burying his on-point slapper from the left circle with 3:45 remaining to tie the game, 2-2.
On the play, Michael Davies (6) collected an errant pass that leaked into the neutral zone and reset perfectly on the rush to find Murray.
Then the game winner.
It took just a minute and thirteen seconds for the K-Wings to net the deflected shot off the stick of Jake Slaker (7). The third goal was a credit to a nifty drop pass by Tanner Sorenson (16), followed by a flip shot in on net by Andrew DeBrincat (12) from about seven feet outside the right circle.
Next, the last thing to do was to seal it.
And Tanner Sorenson (10) did just that. Sorenson and the K-Wings outworked the Walleye throughout their own zone, as they skated a man down, and then slammed the door with the empty netter.
Kalamazoo dominated the first period of play, but it never resulted in points on the scoreboard. When the dust settled, the K-Wings outshot the Walleye by a total of 17 to nine but trailed 1-0.
Finally, after controlling the pace for much of the second, Max Humitz (10) found himself crashing the net to beautifully connect with a Kyle Blaney (9) chip pass from down low. Blaney’s pass came via the Giovanni Vallati (5) feed and the game was tied at one at the 10:06 mark of the second.
And the heroics were needed due to a Toledo goal to open the third, which broke the 1-1 tie.
Trevor Gorsuch (6-6) made his presence known all evening, making big save after big save, and kept the K-Wings in it long enough to make a run. Gorsuch turned away 27 shots on the steady evening.
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.