Christmas has come and gone and it seems even Santa Claus himself didn’t have anything in his sleigh to help the Kalamazoo Wings (11-17-0-3) put together a post-holiday winning streak.
After dropping a 4-1 decision to the Cincinnati Cyclones on Tuesday night, the K-Wings fell to the visiting Toledo Walleye by the same score on Wednesday night.
On Tuesday, Tanner Sorenson scored the lone goal for the K-Wings, his ninth of the year. The K-Wings outshot the Cyclones 36 to 20 and came up empty on seven power play attempts.
Looking to shake off their holiday blues, the K-Wings came out flying on Wednesday night. Outshooting the Walleye 15-7 in the first period. While neither team was able to score, the stage was being set for an intense game.
The Walleye came out swinging in the second period, scoring three goals in the first six minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Tylor Spink, A.J. Jenks and Evan Rankin scored for Toledo.
Attempting a comeback early in the third period, Justin Taylor struck for his 12th goal of the season. Spink scored later in the period to make it a 4-1 advantage for the Walleye, which was the final score of the game.
For the second night in a row, the K-Wings outshot their opponent, this time by a 35/28 margin. The K-Wings were unable to score a power play goal in their two attempts, while the Walleye went one-for-four.
The K-Wings will remain home for their next game. On New Year’s Eve, the K-Wings will host the Brampton Beast at 3:00 pm at Wings Event Center.
K-Wings News and Notes: Kalamazoo outshot Toledo, 35-28… Taylor leads Kalamazoo with 12 goals on the season… Toledo’s Scott Czarnowczan left the game in the second period with an injury and didn’t return…The Wings had a goal called off in the second period for a play that was delayed offside.
Goaltender Joel Martin was named as the CCM/ECHL Goaltender of the Week for December 19-23, the ECHL announced Tuesday. It is the ninth time in his career that he has received the weekly honor, extending his own league record.
Martin made 32 saves and stopped all three shootout attempts in the Wings’ 3-2 shootout win at Toledo on Friday. The win was Martin’s 195th career victory with the Kalamazoo Wings, leaving him one shy of tying Georges Gagnon’s franchise record which was set in 1987.
Submitted by Mark McGlothlen