K-Wings Move To Within Eight Points Of North Division Lead

The Kalamazoo Wings won three of their four games last week, improving their overall record to 24-20-4 for 52 points, and moving to within eight points of Wheeling for first place in the North Division.


After opening the week with a 2-0 loss at Trenton on Wednesday, the K-Wings rebounded with a 4-1 win over the Devils on Thursday. Kory Karlander led the way offensively for Kalamazoo with a goal and two assists while Ryan Nie turned aside 35 Trenton shots to record the win in goal.


The K-Wings returned home on Saturday and put up a season-high eight goals in an 8-5 win over Greenville. Trent Daavettila notched his first professional hat trick, and added an assist for a four-point game, Darryl Lloyd contributed two goals and an assist, while five other players had two-point nights. The K-Wings league-leading power play keyed the victory scoring three times in four man-advantage opportunities.


Kalamazoo closed out the week with a 6-3 win at Toledo on Sunday. Trailing 3-2 after two periods, the K-Wings erupted for four goals in the final 10:26 of the third period to rally for the win. Andrew Fournier scored two goals, including the game winner with 4:19 remaining in the third period, while Joe Charlebois and Karlander each notched two assists for the K-Wings. Nie made 33 saves in the win, marking the sixth straight game he stopped at least 33 shots.


The K-Wings conclude a stretch of five games in six nights tonight with a match-up against North Division-leading Wheeling, before travelling to Toledo on Saturday and hosting the Walleye on Sunday.


Nie, who has appeared in 17 of the K-Wings’ last 18 games, is tied for second in the ECHL with 19 wins after leading the league last year with 28 victories. He leads the league with 1,128 saves and ranks second with 2,221 minutes played.


Fournier is fourth in the league with 26 goals, and has scored 12 goals in the last 14 games. Karlander leads the K-Wings, and ranks fourth overall in the league, with 54 points (22g-32a) in 47 games.