Jackals edge Kalamazoo with late goal, 2-1

KALAMAZOO, Mich – On a night where Joel Martin established a new Kalamazoo Wings ECHL record for saves in a single-game with 46, the K-Wings surrendered a late goal by Louie Caporusso, as the Elmira Jackals snuck out with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at Wings Stadium.
Martin’s 46 saves surpasses the previous high of 45 saves shared by Julien Ellis (@ Gwinnett 11/07/09) and Jeremy Duchesne (@ Charlotte 11/08/09).
Despite being outshot 22-5 in the second period, it was the K-Wings that broke through to score the game’s first tally, as Nick Sirota notched his 11th goal of the season with a right circle wrist shot 1:09 into the stanza.
Standing on his head in the middle frame, Martin turned aside a fury of shots, but none bigger than stoning Rob Bellemy on a penalty shot opportunity with 6.4 seconds remaining in the period to preserve the one goal lead.
Pulling even on their 45th shot of the night, Kevin Harvey (3rd) released a quick wrister that went up and over Martin’s shoulder with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation.
As the clocked clicked down and game looking like it would be heading to overtime, Caporusso (11th) dashed those dreams by sneaking behind the Kalamazoo defense and on the semi-breakaway scored the game-winning tally on a back-hander with 35 seconds remaining.
Not to be outdone by Martins performance, former K-Wing goaltender, Maxime Clermont (9-6-2-1) was busy between the pipes, stopping 37 shots for the victory.
Kalamazoo will head back on the road on Friday, January 18th for a 7:15 p.m. (CDT) encounter against the Evansville IceMen at the Ford Center.  
The K-Wings will return to Wings Stadium on Saturday, January 19th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Fort Wayne Komets during the 5th Annual Golden Ice Game and a WIN-WIN night, presented by 98.5 FM WNWN.   If the K-Wings defeat the Komets on Saturday, all fans in attendance will receive a FREE ticket to Kalamazoo’s home game on Sunday, January 27th versus the Bakersfield Condors.  
While the K-Wings already wear McDonald’s themed warm-up jerseys during the entire season, the team will also don a special McDonald’s themed jersey for the night. Following the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. ( RMHC ®) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMHC fulfills its mission by creating innovative, effective programs that address targeted needs, and by supporting these programs and other activities conducted by its local chapters worldwide. RMHC also awards grants to other nonprofit children’s organizations that positively impact the health and well being of children around the world.
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