FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2022
K-WINGS SUFFER TOUGH HOME LOSS TO HEARTLANDERS
Kalamazoo fell behind early and Iowa cruised to victory Friday, 5-2.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Wings (24-20-0-0) couldn’t keep the Iowa Heartlanders (19-23-6-1) off the score sheet to start the second and third periods and lost at Wings Event Center on Friday, 5-2.
It took exactly one minute for Iowa to take firm control of Friday’s hockey game, as the Heartlanders netted two goals, one via the power play, to start the third period and extended their lead to 4-1.
Rookie Logan Lambdin (18) was able to draw Kalamazoo to within two with his beautiful goal from the right circle just two minutes and five seconds later, but the K-Wings were unable to capitalize the rest of the way out. Andrew DeBrincat (18) and Tanner Sorenson (23) assisted on the goal.
Kalamazoo did come out of the gates with the juice it needed to take control of the hockey game early in the first, but it hit two posts on offense and Iowa scored at the 9:26 mark to give them the 1-0 lead.
The Heartlanders then scored a power play goal just 44 seconds into the second to push their advantage to 2-0.
Erik Bradford (11), in his first game back from Grand Rapids (AHL), gave the K-Wings life with his shorthanded goal at the 4:54 mark of the second to cut the Iowa lead to 2-1, but the K-Wings were unable to score the equalizer and Iowa took control from there.
Trevor Gorsuch (12-13-0-0) made 28 saves in the loss.
Kalamazoo and Iowa will run it back at Wings Event Center on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST.
Saturday is also ‘Wizards, Wands and Wings Night.’ Wings Event Center is going to be turned into Hogwarts, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a lightning bolt K-Wings beanie. There’ll also be a Wizards, Wands and Wings jersey auction immediately following the conclusion to the game.
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.