GWINNETT, GA – After dropping a 4-2 decision the night before, the Kalamazoo Wings (16-18-2-1) turned the tables on the Gwinnett Gladiators (25-12-1-1) to win 4-3 in the overtime shootout on Sunday evening.
Leading the Gladiators by a single goal for much of the third period, the K-Wings found themselves heading to overtime after Rylan Galiardi knotted the game with just seven seconds in regulation with a power play tally.
The Gladiators scored early in the opening period on a Doug Jones goal, but the K-Wings John Armstrong tied to score later in the period scoring an unassisted goal, his fifth of the season.
A short-handed goal by the Gladiators Andy Brandt late in the period gave the home team a 2-1 lead.
Nick Sirota tied the game 2-2 with an early in the second period with his ninth of the season.
Sirota lit the lamp for a second time midway into the third period to give the K-Wings a 3-2 lead, their first advantage of the game. The Gladiators then tied the game, sending it into overtime.
Neither team scored in the OT which pushed the game into the shootout.
The shootout went nine rounds with the K-Wings getting goals from Armstrong and Sam Ftorek while Alex Belzile scored for the Gladiators.
The K-Wings went 0-for-5 on the power play while the Gladiators went 1-for-3. Joel Martin stopped 34 of the 37 shots he faced while Louis Domingue turned away 24 of 27.
The K-Wings will be home this Wednesday night as they take on the Elmira Jackals. Game time is 7:00 pm.