KALAMAZOO- The Kalamazoo Wings (17-19-3-1) rebounded from a 4-3 overtime loss to the Evansville IceMen on Friday to defeat the Fort Wayne Komets (22-19-1-1) 3-2 during the K-Wings 5th Annual Golden Ice Game at Wings Stadium on Saturday night.
All of the scoring action in the game came in the opening 20 minutes as the teams reeled off five goals. The rest of the game was dictated by defense and goaltending.
Scoring the quickest goal of the season for the K-Wings, John Negrin gave the K-Wings an early 1-0 advantage with his second of the season. The goal, scored just 2:17 into the game, beat the previous mark of 2:36, which was set on November 3rd against the Komets.
A power play goal by Sam Ftorek midway into the period gave the K-Wings a 2-0 lead. The goal by Ftorek was also his fourth on the power play.
Fort Wayne’s Nick Wheeler scored a power play goal a few minutes later to cut the K-Wings lead in half. But just 27 seconds later, Aaron Clarke scored the K-Wings second power play goal of the night, taking an Elgin Reid shot to the net, for his team-leading 14th of the season.
John Dunbar scored with just under a minute remaining in the period to cut the K-Wings lead to 3-2, but that was all the scoring in game.
Clarke and Reid led the K-Wings with three points apiece and Ftorek added two on the night. Fort Wayne outshot the K-Wings 41-32.
Due to the ECHL All-Star break, the K-Wings will be off until Friday as they travel to the Huntington Center to take on the Toledo Walleye.
The next K-Wings home game will be Sunday, January 27th as they host the Western Conference Bakersfield Condors in their first-ever visit to Wings Stadium.