K-Wings take two of three from Beast

The Kalamazoo Wings (14-18-2-1) battled the Brampton Beast (12-16-4-2) three times this past weekend, with the K-Wings winning two of the three.

On Friday night at Wings Event Center, the K-Wings came from behind to defeat the Beast 4-3 in overtime. Ludwig Blomstrand had two goals in the win while Alex Mallet scored the game tying goal with 43 seconds left in regulation. Curtin Valk scored the game winner midway into OT to give the K-Wings the win.

The two teams traveled to Brampton, Ontario for the next two games.

Much like the night before, Saturday nights game was not decided in regulation. Mallet and Blomstrand scored to give the K-Wings a 2-0. The Beast scored twice in the second to tie the game at 2-2, but neither team would score again in regulation, sending the game into overtime.

After a scoreless OT, the two teams settled the score in the shootout, with the K-Wings scoring twice, Mallet and Blomstrand, for the victory.

The Beast turned the tables on the K-Wings during their Sunday afternoon matchup as they defeated the K-Wings 7-3. David Gilbert and Colin Murray (2), scored for the K-Wings.

Notes: Kalamazoo scored their fifth shorthanded goal of the year. Ponich had his first multi-point game of the season with two assists. Murray scored his first goal since November 29 against Toledo. Alex Mallet’s seven-game point streak, which began on December 19th, came to an end. The Wings are 0-3-0-0 on Sundays at Powerade Centre in Brampton.

The Wings return home on Tuesday, January 12, when they host the Orlando Solar Bears, courtesy of Pride Care, at Wings Event Center with a 7:00 p.m. start time.

The Kalamazoo Wings host the 2016 CCM/ECHL Hockey Heritage Week, presented by PNC Bank and Bronson Sports Medicine, from February 1-6 at Wings Event Center and throughout the city of Kalamazoo. The one-of-a-kind event features viewing/photo opportunities with the Stanley Cup, Hockey Hall of Fame exhibits and trophies, two games with the Toledo Walleye, and more. Check out the K-Wings website for more details, www.kwings.com.

Submitted by Mark McGlothlen

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