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K-WINGS PUSH WALLEYE TO BRINK, FALL IN OT

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K-WINGS PUSH WALLEYE TO BRINK, FALL IN OT

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December 29, 2023

K-WINGS PUSH WALLEYE TO BRINK, FALL IN OT

Kalamazoo suffers first overtime loss, secures point behind 38 saves from Jonathan Lemieux.

BOX SCORE

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Wings (13-14-1-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, answered the bell on multiple occasions but ultimately fell 3-2 in overtime to the Toledo Walleye (18-4-1-3) at Wings Event Center on Friday.

Goaltender Jonathan Lemieux (10-10-1-0) stepped up, making 38 hard-earned saves to keep his team in the game and secure the point for Kalamazoo. 

Toledo opened the scoring at the 14:09 mark of the first period.

Derek Daschke (5) tied the game at one at the 10:01 mark of the second by deflecting the puck off the goaltender’s mask with a quick-release shot from the right circle. Collin Adams (6) moved the puck to Daschke with a smooth drop pass while David Keefer (13) picked up the secondary assist.

The Walleye regained the lead at the 15:11 mark of the third.

Josh Passolt (11) tied it back up just 41 seconds later by deflecting a Daschke (7) shot in from the left circle. Connor Walters (5) also assisted the goal. 

Toledo scored the game-winner on the power play 2:45 into overtime.

Kalamazoo finished the game scoreless on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill. Toledo took the final shot total, 41-17.

The K-Wings have now picked up points in four of five meetings with the Walleye this season (3-1-1-0).

Kalamazoo is back in action Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST versus the Indy Fuel (11-11-4-0) for their annual New Year’s Eve game at Wings Event Center. Tickets to the game can be purchased HERE.

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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 Vancouver Canucks and the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Canucks. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.

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