K-Wings complete sweep of Solar Bears

After taking the first two games of a three game set against the Orlando Solar Bears (23-22-3-5) this past weekend, the Kalamazoo Wings (25-24-4-1) completed the sweep by knocking off the Bears 4-3 on Monday night.
The Solar Bears took the lead just over two minutes into the opening period, but the K-Wings were able to tie the game at 1-1 late in the period on a goal by Alex Mallet, his 17th of the year.
Taking the lead for the second time of the night, the Solar Bears T.J. Foster scored his second goal of the night to make it a 2-1 game.
Cory Pritz evened the score midway into the third period and Justin Taylor added his 17th of the year later to give the K-Wings the 3-2 advantage.
With just two seconds left in regulation, the Solar Bears, with the goalie pulled for a sixth attacker, was able to score to push the game into overtime.
Mallet struck again for his second of the night just over a minute into overtime to give the K-Wings a 4-3 victory.
Next game: Kalamazoo vs. Utah- Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m., Wings Event Center.
Notes: Kalamazoo finished the month of February with season-high eight wins during the month. Mallet finished the three-game series with five points. Joel Martin went 8-2-0 in February and has won six straight decisions.
The Kalamazoo Wings will host a “We Are Kalamazoo” game on Saturday, March 5, as they aim to raise proceeds for the Help Now! Fund, a collaborative effort between the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. The Wings will donate $2 from every ticket sold to the game in addition to a silent auction with memorabilia, goods, and services from local organizations and sports teams. All proceeds from the auction will also be donated to the fund.

Submitted by Mark McGlothlen

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