Keeping their modest win streak alive, the Kalamazoo Wings (16-20-4-1) extended that streak to three games with a 5-3 come from behind win over the Indy Fuel on Thursday night.
The K-Wings, who have points in four consecutive games, are trying to dig themselves out of the Central Division cellar. The K-Wings are just 7 points out of fourth place, and a playoff spot, as of today, with two more big division games coming up tonight and Saturday against the Toledo Walleye and Cincinnati Cyclones.
The Cyclones lead the Central with 60 points while the Walleye are in second with 52. The Fort Wayne Komets are in third with 49 and the Fuel are in fourth with 44. The Wheeling Nailers hold fifth place with 43 points.
Last night, the Fuel jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Keoni Texeira. Stroming back, the K-Wings responded in a big way by scoring two goals in seven seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Zach Diamantoni scored a goal while fighting traffic in front of the net. Luke Sandler added the go-ahead goal seconds later by sending a wrister into the net for the lead.
Tying the game in the second, the Fuels Alex Rauter scored to make it a 2-2 game. The score remained the same until midway into the final period when the Fuel struck again to take the lead on a goal by Spencer Watson.
Like the first period, the K-Wings came right back after losing the lead, this time it was Matt VanVoorhis scoring just 32 seconds after the goal by Watson to knot the game 3-3. Just under a minute later, Austin Farley added the eventual game-winner, pushing a loose puck into the net.
Matt Iacopelli added a goal later in the period for the 5-3 final.
On the night, the Fuel scored on two of their seven power play chances while the K-Wings came up empty on their two of the game.
Jake Hildebrand was in net for the K-Wings, stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced in the win.
The K-Wings head to Toledo tonight to take on the Walleye.
K-Wings News and Notes
Tanner Sorenson and David Pope were recalled by the Utica Comets yesterday. Dylan Sadowy was traded by the Utica Comets to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.
By: Mark C. McGlothlen