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ECHL Game Night: 3-25-17

Norfolk Admirals 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 28 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 4 PIMs, 51 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 5-14-19, +11, 6 PIMs, 42 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-10-0-1, 2.89 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings rolled out a repeat performance Saturday night of Friday night's 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Admirals. Joel Martin was in goal for this contest, stopping 26 shots while Lightning prospect Cam Darcy set up a first period power play marker by Peter Schneider. Kalamazoo now sits just 2 points back of Quad Cities for third in the Central Division. The K-Wings hit the road for three games in Estero, FL next week, playing the Florida Everblades Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

ECHL Game Night: 3-24-17

Norfolk Admirals 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 27 GP, 3-4-7, -1, 4 PIMs, 48 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 5-13-18, +12, 6 PIMs, 41 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MIN, 36/39
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-10-0-1, 2.89 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings secured their place in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs Friday night in front of 2,154 fans at the Wings Event Center, besting the Norfolk Admirals 5-3. Nic Riopel returned to the net and turned away 36 shots. Lightning prospect Cam Darcy scored the eventual game-winner on an unassisted marker early in the 3rd period with a one-on-one glove-side move against the Norfolk netminder, earning 2nd Star Honors. Kalamazoo and Quad Cities are battling to see who draws Toledo or Fort Wayne in the playoffs, with the Mallards up by 4 points over the K-Wings with a game-in-hand. Kalamazoo finishes up the three-game home stand Saturday night with a rematch against Norfolk.

ECHL Game Night: 3-22-17

Florida Everblades 2 at Kalamazoo Wings 3

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 4 PIMs, 46 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 4-13-17, +10, 6 PIMs, 37 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season Totals: 28 GP, 16-10-0-1, 2.88 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 1 SO

F Brendan O'Donnell, FLA, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 52 GP, 36-30-66, +27, 35 PIMs, 207 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 0 PIMs

The K-Wings scored two first period goals Wednesday night against the perennial ECHL powerhouse Florida Everblades, and then added a third period insurance marker to seal the eventual 3-2 victory. It was an important home win for Kalamazoo after last weekend's disappointing split against the Indy Fuel. Joel Martin stopped 30 shots in his 2nd consecutive start after the Fuel roughed up Nic Riopel last Friday night, and both Bolt prospect forwards Cam Darcy and Brian Hart got helpers on that important third period goal with a tic-tac-toe play to set up Peter Schneider's 2nd goal of the night. The K-Wings also held former Bolt prospect Brendan O'Donnell scoreless in the contest, which is usually a tall order given that O'Donnell leads the ECHL with 36 goals in 52 games. Kalamazoo now turns its attention to a back-to-back home stand Friday and Saturday night against the Norfolk Admirals, needing just 1 point to clinch a Kelly Cup Playoff berth.

ECHL Game Night: 3-18-17

Kalamazoo Wings 5 at Indy Fuel 1

F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 25 GP, 3-3-6, -3, 4 PIMs, 45 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 12 GP, 4-11-15, +9, 6 PIMs, 33 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season Totals: 28 GP, 16-10-0-1, 2.88 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings lit up the Fuel with 45 shots and 5 goals Saturday night, and Joel Martin allowed just one goal to split the weekend home-and-home series with Indy. Both Bolt prospects forwards Cam Darcy and Brian Hart notched goals, with Darcy banging home a Lane Scheidl rebound for the K-Wings 2nd goal. Hart beat out an icing call to track down the puck and deposited it in the empty net for an insurance marker late in the 3rd. Kalamazoo has three-game homestand up next week, starting with the high-powered Florida Everblades on Wednesday night, followed by a back-to-back Friday and Saturday night against the Norfolk Admirals.

ECHL Game Night: 3-17-17

Indy Fuel 6 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIMS, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 24 GP, 2-3-5, -3, 4 PIMs, 42 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIMS, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 3-11-14, +7, 6 PIMs, 30 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 58:25 MINS, 28/34
Season Totals: 28 GP, 16-10-0-1, 2.88 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 1 SO

St. Patrick's Day at the Wings Event Center means one thing - green ice. It also means the team with the second fewest goals scored in the league and the second worst record in the league coming in and putting six up on the scoreboard. Nic Riopel and the K-Wings surrendered a second intermission lead, allowing 2 goals on just 7 third period shots for just his second loss in 14 starts. Lightning prospect Cam Darcy had a goal and two assists despite the loss, earning Third Star honors. Next up for Kalamazoo is a rematch with the Fuel in Indianapolis Saturday night.

ECHL Game Night: 3-15-17

Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Quad City Mallards 3 OT

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIMs, 42 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 2-9-11, +7, 6 PIMs, 25 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:20 MINS, 27/39
Season Totals: 27 GP, 16-9-0-1, 2.71 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

F Stefan Fournier, KAL, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMs, 4 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 30 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 97 PIMs, 26 SOG

Kyle Bushee scored just 20 seconds into OT to give the surging K-Wings a gritty 4-3 OT road win against the Quad City Mallards. The nail-biter seesaw affair sported three lead changes with Kalamazoo coming back twice from 1 goal deficits, and ultimately clinch the all important divisional extra point. In his first game with the K-Wings since being reassigned from Syracuse of the AHL, Bolt Prospect overager Stefan Fournier scored on a feed from fellow prospect Brian Hart in the 2nd period to give Kalamazoo its first lead 2-1. Later in the 3rd, Bolt Prospect Cam Darcy would set up Peter Schneider for a PP marker to knot the game at 3-3. Nic Riopel continued his torrid win streak, stopping 27 of 30 Mallard shots to secure the victory. Shout-out to Cam Darcy who has 11 points in his first 10 games with the K-Wings along with a +7 rating. Next up for Kalamazoo is a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday nights against the Central Division bottom dwelling Indy Fuel.

ECHL Game Night: 3-10-17 & 3-11-17

MAR 10: Toledo Walleye 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 3
MAR 11: Toledo Walleye 6 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

F Brian Hart, KAL, 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 22 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 38 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 2gp, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIMs, 21 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, 1gp, W, 60:00 MINS, 30/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 15-9-0-1, 2.75 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

Back-to-back games against the best team in the league was a tall order for the surging K-Wings, and a chance to measure themselves against a team they will likely have to go through for a deep run in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Big props to the red hot Nic Riopel, who allowed just one Walleye goal on 31 shots Friday night, and enabled Kalamazoo to hold serve this weekend after Toledo put up 6 on the scoreboard Saturday night against Joel Martin. Riopel, winner of 11 in his last 12 starts, earned 2nd Star honors for his performance Friday. The K-Wings remain 3 points behind Quad Cities in the Central Division standings, looking to avoid a 1st round meeting against these Walleye. Speaking of Quad Cities, Kalamazoo travels to the Wireless Center in Moline, IL Wednesday for a big road game against the Mallards, before a home-and-home Friday and Saturday nights against the lowly Indy Fuel.

ECHL Game Night: 3-5-17

Adirondack Thunder 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 6

F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 35 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 2 PIMs, 16 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 25/28
Season Totals: 25 GP, 14-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

One streak that didn't end in Toledo last night was Nic Riopel's red hot surge between the pipes. The K-Wings returned home Sunday for the final frame of a weekend three-in-three, and crushed one of the best teams in the league 6-3. Riopel received some of that sweet, sweet goal support, allowing three Thunder markers, but winning his 10th game in his last 11 starts. Cam Darcy scored and added two assists for his first three point game since joining Kalamazoo. His goal was a nice forehand-to-backhand move in front of the goalie. Fellow Bolt Prospect Brian Hart scored his 2nd K-Wing goal of the season late in the 3rd period, when he rocketed a empty netter from within his own zone. Kalamazoo now sits just 3 points behind Quad Cities for 3rd in the division, and it's advantageous to slip into that 3rd place slot to avoid having to play Toledo in the first round of the playoffs. The team gets a week off before another big weekend hosting those league-best Toledo Walleye for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.

ECHL Game Night: 3-4-17

Kalamazoo Wings 0 at Toledo Walleye 3

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIMs, 32 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 1-5-6, +5, 2 PIMs, 14 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

A few streaks ended tonight at the Huntington Center in Toledo. The K-Wing's 5 game win streak came to an end at the hands of the leagues best team, as the Walleye shutout Kalamazoo 3-0. Of course, Cam Darcy's 5 game point streak also ended. Joel Martin minded the nets for the K-Wings, so Nic Riopel will likely get the start Sunday afternoon back home against Adirondack.

ECHL Game Night: 3-3-17

Brampton Beast 4 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIMS, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIMs, 30 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 2 PIMs, 11 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 34/38
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

Nic Riopel outlasted Zachary Fucale for his 9th win in his last 10 games, as the K-Wings continue their hot streak, now at five straight wins. Riopel was peppered with 38 shots, and Kalamazoo's new found offense showed up yet again and carried the day. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to five games. Kalamazoo travels to Toledo to take on the best team in the league Saturday night, before returning home Sunday for an afternoon tilt against Adirondack.

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