WHEELING, WVa – The Kalamazoo Wings losing streak grew to three games with a 6-4 loss Sunday afternoon against the Wheeling Nailers at the WesBanco Arena.
Jumping out quickly, Kory Karlander (9th) gave the K-Wings an early 1-0 lead beating Peter Delmas with a wrister 1:43 into the game.
Extending their lead in the middle of the period, Alexandre Grenier found John Armstrong (8th) in the slot for a one-timer. The goal from Armstrong extended his point streak to 10 games, while the assist was Grenier’s second of the game.
Cutting the K-Wings lead in half, the Nailers took advantage of a Kalamazoo turnover, as Cam Fergus (8th) scored his team-leading third shorthander of the season. The shorthanded tally was the eighth surrendered by Kalamazoo this season and the second in as many games.
Grenier (3rd) notched his third point of the game on a breakaway tally 7:43 into the second period to grow Kalamazoo’s lead back to two goals. The goal was setup by Armstrong and Yann Sauve. The assist from Armstrong extended his assist streak to 10 games, while Sauve pushed his point streak to four games with the helper.
Utilizing a power- play, Wheeling brought the deficit back to a single goal, when Keven Veilleux (5th) third whack a puck near the crease crossed the goal line with 1:32 remaining in the period.
Wheeling’s momentum from Veilleux’s goal carried into the third period. Earning one his game-high four assists, Paul Crowder laid the puck to the tape of Max MacKay to even the game at 3-3.
Taking the lead for good, Jordy Trottier (2nd) knocked in a Peter Lenes rebound 8:57 into the period.
The Nailers added insurance moments later, when Chris Barton (2nd) capped off a three-point performance (1 goal, 2 assists) by scoring from the left circle.
With five minutes remaining, Sauve (7th) earned his third goal in as many games to bring the K-Wings back to within a single goal; however, MacKay (2nd) ended any hopes of a Kalamazoo comeback notching his second goal of the game on an empty-netter with 41 seconds remaining.