Updated: Friday, 01 Feb 2013, 11:49 PM EST
Published : Friday, 01 Feb 2013, 11:44 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Exploding for a season-high tying four goals in a single period in the opening 20 minutes, the Kalamazoo Wings (20-20-4-1) cruised to a 5-1 victory Friday night over the Fort Wayne Komets (24-20-1-1) at Allen County Memorial Coliseum.
Kalamazoo jumped ahead 7:15 into the first period, when Elgin Reid (6 th) utilized a screen in front of the Komets net to record his sixth-goal of the season.
Smothering the Komets in the late stages of the period, the K-Wings would ring up three goals in a span of 2:59. Waiting in the right spot, Aaron Clarke notched his 15 th goal of the season, when he found a loose puck that rolled off the tape of Brett Lysak at the 15:46 mark of the period.
Just over a minute later, Kalamazoo extended their lead to 3-0 with a blue line wrister from Yann Sauve (2 nd). Following the goal from Sauve, Fort Wayne pulled goaltender Marco Cousineau, who left the game making four saves on seven shots in 16:50.
After Cousineau left, things didn’t get easier for his replacement Charlie Effinger (18 saves) as the netminder surrendered a lamp-lighter to Alexandre Grenier (1 st) to cap off the trio of goals of the K-Wings. Assisting on the goal for Kalamazoo was John Armstrong, who extended his point streak to five games with the helper.
Setup by a big check by Armstrong (7 th) in the Komets zone, the forward would finish the play with a give-and-go marker to pushed the K-Wings lead to 5-0 6:36 into the second period. Grenier, who finished the game with a team-high three points (1 goal, 2 assists) earned an assist on the tally.
Fort Wayne broke up Joel Martin’s (35 saves) shutout bid midway in the period with a goal from Thomas Beauregard. Beauregard, who leads the Komets with 17 goals, has netted nine of those tallies in nine games against Kalamazoo.
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