Kalamazoo, MI – In front of a sellout crowd of 5,113, the second largest home crowd this season at Wings Stadium, the Kalamazoo Wings dismantled the Fort Wayne Komets 5-2 during the 3rd Annual Susan G. Komen Night, presented by Eaton Corporation.
The K-Wings came into Saturday night just 1-for-28 on the power-play in eight games against the Komets, but that didn’t hinder Kalamazoo. Striking on the man-advantage in the first period, on their second opportunity of the night, Nick Sirota (6th) scored on a cross rink pass from Elgin Reid with less than three minutes remaining in the period.
While the first period was defensive, the second stanza was certainly offensive. Yannick Veilleux (9th) increased the K-Wings lead to two goals, 3:30 in to the period, with a wrist shot from the left circle. The tally extended Veilleux’s point streak to five games.
Creating a turnover in the neutral zone two minutes later, the K-Wings capped off an odd-man rush as Dustin Cloutier found Matt Firman in the slot for his second goal of the season.
Fort Wayne quickly responded moments later when Christian Ouellet (7th) received a chip from behind Kalamazoo’s net and blindly tossed a wrister past Jordan Binnington.
The Komets continued to fight back. While on the power-play, Jordan Southorn (9th) tallied a goal brining Fort Wayne within a two goals.
The final minute of the period ended in an explosion. Sirota found Matt Caria (17th) camped out in front of the Komets goaltender. The forward managed to swipe at the puck and got enough steam to watch is slowly slide into the net.
Adding salt into the Komets wound, David Pacan (9th) scored an empty-netter late in the third period to close out the scoring.
The K-Wings welcomed a combined 9,830 for their two pink ice games.