GWINNETT, Ga- Despite needing more than 60 minutes the Kalamazoo Wings extended their unbeaten streak (3-0-0-1) to four games with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators.
Stealing the puck in the neutral zone, Yanni Gourde (9th) earned his team-leading second shorthanded goal of the season by finishing off a two-on-one odd man rush with Justin Taylor. After receiving a pass from Taylor, Gourde kicked the puck to himself and stepped around the defense for the goal. The goal extended Gourde’s point streak to four games.
With under a minute remaining in the first period, Taylor (3rd) extended the K-Wings lead to 2-0 by redirecting a David Pacan wrist shot. Taylor, who was held without a goal in his first 15 games of the season, has registered three goals in his last two contests.
Cutting the K-Wings lead in half in the second period, Mike Embach (4th)snuck around Kalamazoo’s defense and lifted a backhander over a sprawled out Joel Martin 7:02 into the period.
Less than two later Kalamazoo regained its two-goal lead with a goal from the point from Mike Matczak (2nd). The goal from Matczak increased his point streak to four games.
Starting a comeback midway in the period, Kurtis Bartiff (8th) brought the Gladiators back to the single goal scoring on a breakaway.
Early in the third period, Embach (5th) forced overtime by striking on a five-on-three power-play to even the game at 3-3.
The K-Wings out-dueled the Gladiators 3-2 in the shootout receiving goals from Taylor, Yannick Veilleux and Eric Kattelus.
Kalamazoo will continue their four-game road swing with the third-leg of the trip tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th with a 7p.m. encounter against the Greenville Road Warriors.