ELMIRA, NY – Led by a spectacular special teams night sparked by a 4-for-5 performance on the power-play and one shorthanded goal, the Kalamazoo Wings defeated the Elmira Jackals 6-3 at the First Arena.
Setting team-history, the K-Wings grabbed an early lead with a shorthanded goal by Nick Sirota (12th). The goal was Kalamazoo’s 13th shorthander of the season, which establishes the team’s ECHL record set during the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons.
Former Western Michigan Bronco Dane Walters evened the game at 1-1 netting his ninth goal of the season on a rebound midway in the period
Kalamazoo exploded in the second period scoring four times including three goals in the first 3:13 of the period. Matt Caria (4th) put Kalamazoo back on top 29 seconds in to the stanza with a power-play marker.
Needing just 49 seconds to add to their lead, Yannick Veilleux (16th) found room at the right circle for his 16th goal of the campaign.
Sirota (13th) kept up the K-Wings scoring barrage moments later with his second of the night, this time on the power-play. Following the goal, the Jackals pulled Neil Conway in favor of Tony Capobianco after Conway allowed four goals on 13 shots.
Battling back Ryan Rashid earned his first professional goal midway into the period to bring the Jackals back to within two goals; however minutes later, the K-Wings netted their third power-play goal of the game, this time off the tape of David Pacan (12th).
Joe Sova (5th) tacked on the K-Wings fourth man-advantage tally of the night 2:33 into the third period to give Kalamazoo their largest lead of the night.
Responding right away, Mike Vaskivuo (19th) capped off the scoring.