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Walleye top K-Wings in shootout

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

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