KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- It's teddy bear toss night, but it hasn't gone according to script for the Kalamazoo Wings. Fans were supposed to toss stuffed animals onto the ice, to be donated to charity, after the first Wings goal.
Problem was, the Komets got the first goal, from Maxsim Shirokov. About 100 stuffed animals went onto the ice. Impressive to think that many Fort Wayne fans made the trip, found out about another team's promotion and brought stuffed animals.
Anyway, it's 2-0 Komets late in the first period, as Luciano Aquino also scored on the power play, after a beautiful fake shot and set-up from Guy Dupuis.
Fort Wayne looks great, so far.
By the way, the Wings are 11-1-0 on teddy bear toss nights, 7-0-0 at Wings Stadium.
If the Wings score a goal, probably about 1,000 more stuffed animals will make their way to the ice.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette