The Kalamazoo Wings (4-10-0-1) came up winless in three games over the holiday weekend and now find themselves mired in a six-game losing streak.
On Thanksgiving Eve, the K-Wings traveled to Cincinnati to battle the Cyclones. The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the first period with Wade Murphy and Justin Taylor scoring for the K-Wings. Taylor scored just 30 seconds into the second period to give the K-Wings a 3-2 lead, but the Cyclones reeled off four unanswered goals, two in the second and two in the third, to win the game 6-3.
Returning home on Friday, the K-Wings took on their biggest rival, the Fort Wayne Komets. Jumping out to a three goal lead in the first period, the Komets never looked back as they defeated the K-Wings 4-2. The K-Wings mounted a comeback in the third period, down 4-0, with a pair of goals. Chris McDonald and Kyle Thomas both scored power play goals for the K-Wings. The game featured K-Wings newcomer, goaltender Ivan Kulbakov, who was assigned to Kalamazoo by the Utica Comets.
Defenseman Jagger Dirks was recalled by the Comets on Friday.
The K-Wings hit the road for Indianapolis on Saturday for a matchup with the Fuel.
Things were looking good for the K-Wings following two periods of play as they led the Fuel 2-1. Zach Saar scored for the K-Wings in the closing minute of the first period and Chris Collins scored just 1:03 seconds in to the middle period to give the K-Wings a 2-1 lead.
However, the wheels fell off in the third period in a big way. The Fuel scored five goals in the first 5:14 of the third period to take a 6-2 lead. Murphy scored a power play goal later in the period for the K-Wings, but the Fuel took the 6-3 win.
It was announced on Thursday that forward Tanner Sorenson is headed back to the K-Wings. Sorenson played for the K-Wings for two seasons beginning in 2015. During that time he played in 131 games while scoring 35 goals and 37 assists. Last season, Sorenson played for the Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk (VHL) in Kazakhstan and began this season with EHC Winterhur in Switzerland.
The K-Wings host the Wheeling Nailers this Tuesday night at 7:30 pm at Wings Event Center.
Submitted by Mark McGlothlen