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February 19, 2022
K-WINGS LOSE TO HEARTLANDERS AGAIN SATURDAY
Kalamazoo fought hard to erase an early deficit at home, but Iowa came out on top again, 5-2.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Two quick goals by the Iowa Heartlanders (20-23-6-1) in the first period set the tone in this one, as the Kalamazoo Wings (24-21-0-0) couldn’t regain control the rest of the way out and lost at Wings Event Center on Saturday, 5-2.
It took just two minutes and 35 seconds for Iowa to snatch the momentum in the first period.
The Heartlanders scored first at the 13:10 mark, was able to draw a quick penalty and scored via the power play to take the 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Erik Bradford (12) lifted the Wings Event Center crowd of 4,448, at the 6:05 mark of the second, just a minute and 16 seconds after Iowa extended it’s lead to 3-0. The play was a result of pure hustle and will to finish, and Tanner Sorenson (24) and Logan Lambdin (9) received the assists on the goal.
Then at the 11:58 mark of the second the trio cut the lead to one. First, Lambdin (19) shoveled a pass to Sorenson (25) from down low. Sorenson then found Bradford (18) in the right circle who snapped a shot on net, which allowed Lambdin to cash in the rebound from the left side.
Unfortunately, the K-Wings didn’t score the rest of the way out, while Iowa scored again before the end of the second and added another in the third.
The K-Wings outshot the Heartlanders 32-21 in the contest.
Jason Pawloski (2-4-0-0) made 16 saves in the loss.
Kalamazoo immediately hits the road for a Sunday evening tilt against the Komets in Fort Wayne. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. EST.
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.