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SECOND PERIOD EXPLOSION

The Kalamazoo Wings continued their road swing, the same way they started it, with a decisive victory, this time a 7-2 thumping of the Greenville Road Warriors Thursday night at the BI-LO Center. Surviving three power-play chances by Greenville, including a two-man advantage late in the period, Kalamazoo kept the Road Warriors off the scoreboard for a scoreless opening period. …

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K-Wings add NHL talent to roster

KALAMAZOO –The old saying that everything is relative took on a whole new meaning for the Kalamazoo Wings yesterday afternoon when they announced the latest changes to their line-up. Defenseman John Kivisto was released from the team on Monday afternoon as the K-Wings announced the signing of his cousin and National Hockey League player Dwight Helminen. Helminen, who began this …

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GILL SHUTOUTS WALLEYE

Riley Gill made 33 saves to pave the way for the Kalamazoo Wings to earn their first shutout of the 2011-12 season, as the K-Wings started a four-game road swing with a 4-0 victory over the Toledo Walleye Saturday night at the Huntington Center. After a scoreless opening period, the K-Wings took control of the contest in the second period …

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WALLEYE HANG ON OVER K-WINGS

The Toledo Walleye took the first half of a home-and-home series over the Kalamazoo Wings defeating the K-Wings 4-3 Friday Night on PNC Night at Wings Stadium. Trying to kill a penalty, the Walleye jumped ahead when Todd Griffith (7th) registered a shorthanded tally on a breakaway 2:20 into the contest. Storming back five minutes later, Darryl Bootland pulled the …

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K-WINGS STUNG BY STINGRAYS

Fighting back from two-goal deficit in the second period, the South Carolina Stingrays came back to defeat the Kalamazoo Wings 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night at Wings Stadium. Off to a quick start, David de Kastrozza (12th) gave the Stingrays an early lead, just 1:54 into the first period. de Kastrozza followed up his own rebound off a long …

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K-Wings win; Karlander plays in game 1,000

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Wings celebrated Kory Karlander’s personal milestone in a major way on Sunday at Wings Stadium by knocking off the Reading Royals 5-1 thanks in part to a three-point night by Darren Archibald and a stellar game in net for Maxime Clermont. Beginning his professional career with the Columbus Chill in the ECHL back in 1995, Karlander …

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K-WINGS GIVE NAILERS THE “BOOT”

Erasing a third period deficit, the Kalamazoo Wings scored two unanswered in the final 20 minutes to defeat the Wheeling Nailers 2-1 Saturday night at the WesBanco Arena. Despite being outshot 9-6 in the opening period, an early power-play opportunity put the Nailers on the scoreboard. Finding a loose puck to the left of K-Wings goaltender Riley Gill, Nick Peterson …

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Hockey, politics and Yale, oh my!

KALAMAZOO — When Yale University came knocking, Kalamazoo Wings defenseman Mike Matczak did not hesitate to answer. “I mean, being recruited to play Division I hockey at an Ivy League school, that’s a no-brainer,” Matczak said. Matczak said they were fortunate to have one of the top teams in the country during his time at Yale and would not trade …

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CYCLONES EDGE K-WINGS

The Kalamazoo Wings gained their first lead with 45 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Cincinnati Cyclones fought back not only to tie the game, but to win 3-2 in overtime Friday night at Wings Stadium on Culver’s Night. The first period yielded no goals for either squad, but not for lack of opportunities. Cincinnati was unable to score on …

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Former K-Wings coach scouting the talent

KALAMAZOO — Bob Hoffmeyer knows a thing or two about hockey. Now a pro scout for the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, Hoffmeyer is a former player and coach whose path always seems to lead him back to Kalamazoo and K-Wings hockey in one way or another. Before Hoffmeyer’s playing days took him up the ladder to the NHL, …

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