The Kalamazoo Wings (3-2-0-1) and the Toledo Walleye (4-1-1-0) were up and at’em Tuesday morning for the K-Wings annual Education Day game.
Schools from all over Southwest Michigan were in attendance for the 10:30 am game resulting in a crowd of 5,093 loud and energetic fans.
The K-Wings put the pressure on early against the Walleye but it was Toledo who hit the scoreboard first with a power play goal by Shane Berschbach for the 1-0 lead.
Wasting little time in the second period, the K-Wings Justin Taylor tipped the puck into the net after Walleye netminder, Kaden Fulcher stopped an initial shot from Reid Gardiner to knot the game at 1-1.
Ben Storm regained the lead for the Walleye later in the period, but a Kyle Blaney shorthanded goal several minutes later brought the K-Wings back to a 2-2 tie.
Remained tied at the end of regulation, the game went to a five-minute, three-on-three overtime. Neither team scored in OT, forcing the game to the sudden death shootout.
AJ Jenks gave the Walleye the victory scoring the only tally in the shootout. The K-Wings earned a point in the standings with the shootout loss.
The K-Wings take on the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday night at Wings Event Center with game time set for 7:30 pm.
Submitted by Mark McGlothlen