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K-Wings fall in season opener

Adam Dauda

The Kalamazoo Wings (0-1-0-0) kicked off their 46th season of hockey on the road this past Saturday night as they battled their long-time rival, the Fort Wayne Komets (1-0-0-0).

The K-Wings outshot the Komets 43-27, but the Komets skated away with the 5-2 victory.

Scoring just 18 seconds into the opening period, the Komets Brycen Martin gave the home team an early 1-0 lead.

Doubling their lead later in the period, the Komets Alan Lyszczarczyk scored a power-play goal, forcing in a rebound past K-Wing netminder Jack Kielly, who was making his professional debut.

Getting on the scoreboard late in the first period, Justin Taylor, in his first game back following a season-ending injury last January, scored the team’s first goal of the season with just 17 seconds left in the frame.

Like they did in the opening period, the Komets scored a pair of goals to take a 4-1 lead over the K-Wings. Both goals were scored by Matthew Boudens.  Boudens’ second goal was actually scored by a K-Wing player who inadvertently pushed it into the net. The short-handed goal was credited to Boudens.

Adam Dauda cut the Komets lead to 4-2 with his first professional goal at the end of the second period.

The K-Wings fired off 17 shots in the third period, but Komet goaltender Cole Kehler turned them all away.  The Komets added an empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining in the game.

The K-Wings’ 46th Home Opener is next Saturday, October 19th against the Cincinnati Cyclones at 7:00 p.m. at Wings Event Center. Come early, as the team’s annual Fan Fest will precede the game, starting at 4:30 p.m.

 

Fan Fest will include a player red carpet, a bounce house, live music, food trucks, and new this year, a Smash Car. Fans wanting to participate in smashing the Cyclones themed car can pay $5 for 6 swings or $20 for two minutes of unlimited swings, with the proceeds going to the Southwest Michigan Miracle League.

By: Mark C. McGlothlen

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