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ECHL Game Night: 3-1-17

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Quad City Mallards 2 OT

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 17 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIMs, 30 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 4 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 0 PIMs, 9 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 61:10 MINS, 34/36, *1st Star*
Season Totals: 23 GP, 12-9-0-1, 2.76 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 1 SO

En fuego. Nic Riopel backstopped the K-Wings to their fourth straight win with a 34 save performance and a gritty twice-come-from-behind 3-2 OT road victory against the rival Mallards. It was Riopel's 8th win in his last 9 starts, earning 1st Star honors on the night. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to four games, setting up two goals including the OT game-winner. Kalamazoo has a big-time 3-in-3 this weekend, with powerhouses Brampton, Toledo, and Adirondack all on the schedule.

ECHL Game Night: 2-26-17

Cincinnati Cyclones 2 at Kalamazoo Wings 6

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIMs, 26 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG, *3rd Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIMs, 8 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, Did not play
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-9-0-1, 2.80 GAA, 0.902 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings completed an important weekend sweep of 6 of 6 possible points as they look to solidify a 2017 Kelly Cup playoff spot. The top 4 teams in each of the four ECHL divisions make the playoffs, and Kalamzoo current sits 4th in the Central Division, 6 points behind 3rd place Quad Cities, and 3 points ahead of 5th place Tulsa.

Lightning forward prospect Cameron Darcy scored his first goal as a K-Wing on a back-door tap-in from Bolt camper Ben Wilson, earning 3rd Star honors. Darcy has pointed in each of his first 3 games with Kalamzaoo. Fellow prospect Brian Hart started a tic-tac-toe play that resulted in the K-Wings' 6th and final goal of the game. Kalamazoo travels back to the Quad Cities for another important game Wednesday night, before a 3-in-3 next weekend with Brampton, Toledo, and Adirondack.

ECHL Game Night: 2-25-17

Quad City Mallards 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 4

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIMs, 24 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMs, 4 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 26/27, *3rd Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-9-0-1, 2.80 GAA, 0.902 SV%, 1 SO

Nic Riopel got the surprising back-to-back start, and the surging netminder allowed just a single goal on 27 shots, earning 3rd star honors and seven wins in his last 8 starts. Quad City opened the scoring 8 minutes into the game, but Riopel slammed the door the rest of the way as the K-Wings took 4 points off the 3rd place Mallards this weekend and closed the gap to just 6 points behind. Lightning forward prospect Cameron Darcy assisted on the empty netter with just 30 seconds left. Kalamazoo hosts the Cyclones Sunday afternoon.

ECHL Game Night: 2-24-17

Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Quad City Mallards 2

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIMs, 23 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 59:44 MINS, 29/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-9-0-1, 2.84 GAA, 0.899 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings built a 3-1 lead through two periods before bringing home an important road win against the Quad City Mallards. Newly reassigned Lightning forward prospect Cameron Darcy assisted on the opening goal of the game, and fellow prospect forward Brian Hart assisted on Kalamzoo's 3rd goal. Goaltender Nic Riopel allowed just two goals, winning his sixth game in his last seven starts, earning 2nd star honors. Kalamazoo returns home Saturday night to complete the home-and-home with Quad City, and then takes on the visiting Cincinnati Cyclones for a Sunday afternoon tilt.

AHL Game Night: 12-21-16 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Frantic Syracuse comeback falls just short.

HFD-5
SYR-4

Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 24 shots for the loss. With Ben Bishop potentially injured for the long term and Gudlevskis up in Tampa Bay, Syracuse's crease belongs to Wilcox now. We'll see how he handles the challenge.

First Period
16:08 SYR Erne (7), (Peca)
19:42 HFD Graves (4), (Joly, Jensen)

Second Period
2:58 HFD Tambellini (5), (Fontaine, Kampfer)(PP)
6:21 HFD Bodie (6), (Oksanen, McPherson)
7:48 SYR Hart (3), (Erne)
17:28 HFD Oksanen (2), (Bodie, McRae)

Third Period
1:01 SYR Erne (8), (Taormina)
2:11 HFD Fontaine (4), (Nieves)
4:00 SYR Walcott (1), (Gourde, Erne)

Adam Erne and Brian Hart were the game's first and third stars. Erne's 4 point night moves him to 5 goals and 10 points in 9 games in the month of December. An afterthought for much of the past few seasons, the former 2nd round pick Hart now has 3 goals and 4 points in the past 5 games. Two young power forwards starting to make a little progress, at least on the scoresheet, is a positive thing.

Syracuse's North Division lead has now shrunk to 2 points, although the Crunch still hold a couple of games in hand on Albany.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 11-19-16

Kalamazoo Wings 2 at Toledo Walleye 6

W Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIMs, 18 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-3-0-1, 2.27 GAA, 0.920 SV%, 1 SO

For the second night in a row, the K-Wings allowed three Walleye goals in the 3rd period. Unfortunately, they also allowed three Toledo goals in the first two periods. If there's a silver lining it's that after 12 games into his sophomore pro season, Bolt Prospect Brian Hart hit the scoresheet for the first time this season, scoring about mid-way through the 3rd period. Hart's power-play marker closed the gap to 3-2 with a half of a period to play before the wheels fell off for netminder Joel Martin and the Kalamazoo defense. Toledo scored three times in a span of 2:28, including two 49 seconds apart. The K-Wings conclude their 5-game road trip next week with back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday nights against Indy and Fort Wayne, before returning home for a Friday night tilt against Brian Hart's former team, the Swamp Rats from Greenville.

ECHL Game Night: 11-18-16

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Toledo Walleye 4 SO

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 15 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, SOL, 65:00 MINS, 25/28 and 2/4
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-3-0-1, 2.27 GAA, 0.920 SV%, 1 SO

Consecutive starts for Nic Riopel for the first time this season ends in a 4-3 shootout home victory for Toledo Friday night at the Huntington Center in front of 5300. The K-Wings appeared to have matters well in hand entering the third period with a 3-0 lead. But Kalamazoo allowed three third period goals, and the Walleye eventually garnered the extra point in the shootout. The K-Wings have earned three points so far on this 5-game road trip, with the third game being a rematch Saturday night against Toledo.

ECHL Game Night: 11-15-16

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Cincinnati Cyclones 1

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 13 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 26/27, *THIRD STAR*
Season Totals: 6 GP, 3-3-0-0, 2.18 GAA, 0.924 SV%, 1 SO

A five-game road trip is typically not the prescription to break a four-game slide that included over 200 minutes of scoreless hockey. Instead, Nic Riopel turned away 26 shots Tuesday night to help the K-Wings even their record at 6-6-0-1 while earning 3rd Star honors. The K-Wings break their winless streak in front of 7200+ Cyclones fans at the US Bank Arena for a weird Tuesday 10:30 AM start. Goaltending hasn't been the issue in Kalamazoo as Riopel checks in at 7th in the league in GAA and teammate Joel Martin is 6th in the league in SV%. The K-Wings travel on to Toledo for an important set of back-to-back games Friday and Saturday night.

ECHL Game Night: 11-12-16

Quad City Mallards 2 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 8 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0-0, 2.42 GAA, 0.917 SV%, 1 SO

D Adam Comrie, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 11 PIMs, 13 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

The K-Wings scoreless drought finally ended at 219:48 after Kalamazoo scored in the 2nd period of Saturday night's game against Quad City. However the winless streak now stands at four consecutive and 7 of the last 10. The K-Wings hit the road for a five-game streak, starting Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

ECHL Game Night: 11-11-16

Cincinnati Cyclones 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 0

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 8 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 58:54 MINS, 21/23
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0-0, 2.42 GAA, 0.917 SV%, 1 SO

D Adam Comrie, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 6 PIMs, 10 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

The K-Wings scoreless drought has now reached 194:55 after three consecutive 3-0 shutouts. Nic Riopel allowed just two goals, but the only place the K-Wings offense can be found is on the side of a milk carton. Bolt prospect Brian Hart was back in the lineup after being scratched Wednesday night and responded with a team-high 5 shots. Also back in the lineup for Kalamazoo fresh after being reassigned by Syracuse was defenseman Adam Comrie. Kalamazoo completes its 3-game home stand Saturday night against the Mallards from the Quad Cities.

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