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KALAMAZOO HEATING UP, EXPECTS PACKED BARN FRIDAY

Monday, January 8th
KALAMAZOO HEATING UP, EXPECTS PACKED BARN FRIDAY

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January 8, 2024

KALAMAZOO HEATING UP, EXPECTS PACKED BARN FRIDAY

K-Wings set for home-in-home tilts with Toledo and matinee matchup in Wheeling Sunday to shape Central standings.

OVERALL RECORD:  15-15-1-0

LAST WEEK:  1-1-0

KALAMAZOO, MI - KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Wings, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, play one game at home and two games on the road this week. Kalamazoo hosts Toledo for Marvel Night on Friday at Wings Event Center before visiting Toledo on Saturday and playing at Wheeling on Sunday.

Last week, the K-Wings went 1-1-0-0 (0-1, 4-3 F/OT).

Kalamazoo opened the week versus Fort Wayne on Wednesday. The K-Wings battled throughout 59:45 of scoreless hockey between the two teams, but ultimately dropped the ultra-defensive affair 1-0. Goaltender Hunter Vorva (4-5-0-0) was superb and made 21 saves in the loss.

Kalamazoo capped off the week with a 4-3 overtime win over Cincinnati on Top Gun Night at Wings Event Center on Friday. Erik Bradford (2a), Ayden MacDonald (2g), Brad Morrison (1g-1a), and Chad Nychuk (2a) each recorded multiple points while Collin Adams notched the OT winner in the come-from-behind victory.

Don’t miss out on the K-Wings Marvel Character Appearance ticket package for this Friday’s game versus Toledo. Get four tickets to the game, a private meet & greet with the Incredible Hulk, a photograph with the Hulk, and a free game of bowling at Airway Fun Center for just $59. Click HERE to secure your package today!

UPCOMING EVENTS IN DETAIL

The K-Wings play one game this week at Wings Event Center.

The K-Wings open the week by hosting Toledo on Friday for Marvel Night and $3 Friday at Wings Event Center. The hardest choice requires the strongest will, that’s why you need to choose the K-Wings as they channel the Hulk at Wings Event Center. Join us, for the 6th Annual Marvel Night featuring a character appearance from the Incredible Hulk. Also, enjoy the best food and drink prices around on $3 Friday ($3 Beers, Sodas & Hot Dogs) and a Marvel Specialty Jersey auction postgame.

Also, just under a week remains to secure your back-half season tickets. Join the High Flyers and save money by not purchasing single-game tickets by tapping HERE

RESULTS

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – Fort Wayne 1, Kalamazoo 0 (Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo, MI) | Box Score

>>   The Kalamazoo Wings (14-15-1-0) played 59 minutes and 45 seconds of scoreless hockey and lost a defensive slugfest with the Fort Wayne Komets (16-12-1-2) at Wings Event Center on Wednesday, 1-0. Goaltender Hunter Vorva (4-5-0-0) made 21 saves and held the Komets off the board in the final 59:45 of the game. Fort Wayne scored the game-winner just 15 seconds into the contest. The K-Wings finished the game scoreless on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Kalamazoo took the final shot total, 26-22. 

Friday, Jan. 5 – Cincinnati 3, Kalamazoo 4 (F/OT) (Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo, MI) | Box Score

>>   The Kalamazoo Wings (15-15-1-0) used four multi-point performances, late-game heroics from Ayden MacDonald, and an overtime dagger from Collin Adams to down the Cincinnati Cyclones (14-14-2-0) at Wings Event Center on Friday, 4-3. Ayden MacDonald (4) pulled Kalamazoo even (3-3) with a wrister from the left circle at the 18:37 mark of the third period. Brad Morrison (15) and Erik Bradford (24) fought to work the puck out of a scrum in the corner, hitting a streaking MacDonald who joined the play as the extra attacker. MacDonald (3) opened the game’s scoring with a backdoor power play tap-in from the right post at the 14:44 mark of the first period. Cincinnati tied things up at the 18:50 mark of the second with a power play goal of its own. Morrison (7) put Kalamazoo ahead 2-1 just eleven seconds into the third period by slipping past the defense and outmuscling the goaltender to put the biscuit home. The Cyclones made it 2-2 at the 13:41 mark and took a 3-2 lead at the 17:39 mark to set the stage for MacDonald’s equalizer. Collin Adams (5) called game 1:36 into overtime by tapping in a juicy rebound created after Jordan Seyfert (2) hustled to carry the puck in alone from his own zone. Goaltender Jonathan Lemieux (11-10-1-0) made 19 saves in the overtime victory. The K-Wings finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play and a 3-for-4 on the penalty kill. Kalamazoo took the final shot total, 34-22. 

THE WEEK AHEAD

Friday, Jan. 12 – Toledo at Kalamazoo, 7:00 p.m. EST – Wings Event Center (Kalamazoo, MI)

Saturday, Jan. 13 – Kalamazoo at Toledo, 7:15 p.m. EST – Huntington Center (Toledo, OH)

Sunday, Jan. 14 – Kalamazoo at Wheeling, 4:10 p.m. EST – WesBanco Arena (Wheeling, WV)

ON THE MOVE

  • Jan. 2: Rookie forward Evan Dougherty was acquired from Atlanta 
  • Jan. 2: Defenseman Robert Calisti was recalled from loan by Charlotte (AHL)
  • Jan. 5: Rookie forward Josh Bloom was recalled from loan by Vancouver (NHL)
  • Jan. 6: Forward Cody Milan was signed to a Standard Player Contract

FAST FACTS

  • Rookie goaltender Jonathan Lemieux (11) is tied for the ECHL lead in wins
  • Forward Ayden MacDonald recorded the sixth multi-goal game (2g) of his career Friday versus Cincinnati
  • Forward Brad Morrison scored the fastest goal to start a period by any K-Wing this season just eleven seconds into the third period versus Cincinnati on Friday

TEAM TRENDS

  • 13-1-0-0 when leading after two periods
  • 11-0-0-0 when scoring four or more goals this season
  • 10-3-0-0 when scoring first this season

STATISTICAL LEADERS

POINTS:               35 – Erik Bradford

GOALS:                 12 – Ty Glover*

ASSISTS:             24 –  Erik Bradford

PLUS/MINUS:    +12 – Tanner Sorenson

PIMS:                     91 – Chaz Reddekopp

PP GOALS:            2 – Ty Glover*, Brad Morrison, Ayden MacDonald

PP ASSISTS:        7 – Erik Bradford

SH GOALS:           1 – Erik Bradford, Josh Passolt, Cooper Walker

GW GOALS:          2 – David Keefer, Brad Morrison, Ty Glover*, Collin Saccoman

SHOTS:               83 – Erik Bradford

WINS:                  11 – Jonathan Lemieux

GAA:                2.86 – Hunter Vorva

SAVE %:          .909 – Jonathan Lemieux

* Currently with Abbotsford (AHL)

** Currently with Vancouver (NHL)

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWER PLAY:    Last Week – 1/6 (16.7%)

                               This Season – 14/104 (13.5%) – No. 28 in the ECHL         

PENALTY KILL:   Last Week – 6/7 (85.7%)

                               This Season – 103/126 (81.7%) – No. 9 in the ECHL

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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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Upcoming Games

Full Schedule
Live
Kalamazoo Wings
Wheeling Nailers
Saturday, February 24th
Kalamazoo Wings @ Wheeling Nailers
Puck Drops:
7:10 PM EST
WesBanco Arena
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
0
19:55 3rd
2
Wheeling Nailers
WHL Wheeling Nailers
WesBanco Arena
Kalamazoo Wings
Wheeling Nailers
Sunday, February 25th
Kalamazoo Wings @ Wheeling Nailers
Puck Drops:
4:10 PM EST
WesBanco Arena
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
at
Wheeling Nailers
WHL Wheeling Nailers
WesBanco Arena
Kalamazoo Wings
Newfoundland Growlers
Friday, March 1st
Kalamazoo Wings @ Newfoundland Growlers
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM NST (5:30 PM EST)
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
at
Newfoundland Growlers
NFL Newfoundland Growlers
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
Newfoundland Growlers
Saturday, March 2nd
Kalamazoo Wings @ Newfoundland Growlers
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM NST (5:30 PM EST)
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
at
Newfoundland Growlers
NFL Newfoundland Growlers
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
Newfoundland Growlers
Sunday, March 3rd
Kalamazoo Wings @ Newfoundland Growlers
Puck Drops:
4:00 PM NST (2:30 PM EST)
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
at
Newfoundland Growlers
NFL Newfoundland Growlers
Mary Brown's Centre
'DUMB AND DUMBER' NIGHT | $3 FRIDAY
Friday, March 8th
'DUMB AND DUMBER' NIGHT | $3 FRIDAY
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EST
Wings Event Center
Indy Fuel
IND Indy Fuel
at
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
Wings Event Center

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
'DUMB AND DUMBER' NIGHT | $3 FRIDAY
Friday, March 8th
'DUMB AND DUMBER' NIGHT | $3 FRIDAY
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EST
Wings Event Center
Indy Fuel
IND Indy Fuel
at
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
Wings Event Center
'MASCOT MADNESS' GAME
Sunday, March 10th
'MASCOT MADNESS' GAME
Puck Drops:
3:00 PM EDT
Wings Event Center
Toledo Walleye
TOL Toledo Walleye
at
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
Wings Event Center
'GAME SHOW' NIGHT | $3 FRIDAY
Friday, March 15th
'GAME SHOW' NIGHT | $3 FRIDAY
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EDT
Wings Event Center
Allen Americans
ALN Allen Americans
at
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
Wings Event Center

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