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February 4, 2023
K-WINGS CELEBRATE ‘HOCKEY FOR HER,’ COME UP JUST SHORT VERSUS KOMETS AT HOME
Kalamazoo cuts lead to one twice, but Fort Wayne finishes on top.
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Wings (17-22-3-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, battled hard from behind against the Fort Wayne Komets (20-14-4-2) Saturday on 'Hockey for Her' night at Wings Event Center, but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 4-2.
Fort Wayne scored first at the 7:11 mark of the first period and carried the 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Komets then made it 2-0 with a power play tally at the 6:41 mark of the second.
Max Humitz (12) drew the K-Wings to within one with a power play goal at the 18:07 mark of the second frame. On the play, Justin Murray (13) fed the puck to Matheson Iacopelli (10) in the left faceoff circle, and he found Humitz in the slot for the five-hole score.
Kalamazoo never celebrated the power play strike, as a skirmish immediately following the goal left the K-Wings shorthanded after Justin Taylor was given a double minor for roughing. Fort Wayne capitalized at the 19:47 mark and reextended its lead to two goals to finish the middle frame.
The K-Wings struck again with a no-doubt snipe by Raymond Brice (9) at the 6:54 mark of the third, ripping a shot from the top of the right circle off the left post and into the back of the net. Taylor (12) and Collin Saccoman (7) assisted on the goal.
Kalamazoo pulled goaltender Pavel Cajan (4-2-0-0) with just over two minutes remaining, but the Komets found the empty net at the 18:14 mark to close out the victory. Cajan made 44 stops on 47 shots faced in the loss.
The K-Wings turn right around to play the Cincinnati Cyclones (23-11-5-2) at 3:00 p.m. EST on Sunday at Wings Event Center.
It’s time for the perfect Valentine's Day surprise! Get your tickets HERE, and join the K-Wings for the annual Pink Ice game on Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Wings Event Center versus the Indy Fuel. Prior to the game, we’ll honor breast cancer survivors with a ceremonial puck drop, and there'll be a breast cancer specialty jersey auction immediately following 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 the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.