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December 18, 2022
K-WINGS BATTLE HEARTLANDERS, EARN POINT IN OVERTIME DEFEAT
Kalamazoo goes blow-for-blow with Iowa, comes up just short in the extra frame.
CORALVILLE, IA – The Kalamazoo Wings (11-10-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, battled for over 60 minutes against the Iowa Heartlanders (6-10-6-1) on Saturday but ultimately fell in overtime at Xtream Arena, 2-1.
Hard fought all the way through, the two teams scored regulation’s only two goals in the middle frame.
Iowa got on the board first at the 5:10 mark of the second period, which brought out the teddy bears from the home crowd.
But, Kalamazoo responded at the 17:10 mark, as Collin Saccoman (1) scored his first goal of the season as he lasered the puck from the right faceoff dot to the back of the net. Brandon Saigeon (13) and Tyler Rockwell (2) assisted on the game-tying goal.
The two teams fought all the way into the overtime frame tied, but the Heartlanders were able to find the net at the 0:27 mark of the frame to come away with the victory.
It was another great performance for Hunter Vorva (3-1-1-0) and the K-Wings penalty kill unit. Vorva made 28 saves on 30 shot attempts by the ‘Landers, and helped keep their ECHL Top-10 power play unit scoreless on all three opportunities.
With the overtime defeat, the K-Wings now have points in four of their last six contests, and have garnered standings improvement in five of six matchups with the Heartlanders this season (4-1-1-0).
Kalamazoo now returns home for a game versus the Cincinnati Cyclones (14-4-2-2) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EST at Wings Event Center. It’s a 269 Night, so there will be $2 beer, $6 wing baskets and tickets for just $9. Tickets for Wednesday’s matchup can be purchased HERE.
The NYE Ticket Package is on sale now for the K-Wings annual New Year’s Eve game on December 31 at Wings Event Center. Get 4 tickets, a NYE Mystery Stocking and $20 in concession vouchers for one low price. Plus, don’t worry about missing the football games as they’ll be on display all throughout the arena! Tap the line HERE for more information!
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 the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.