FORT WAYNE, IN — The Fort Wayne Komets moved within one point of division rivals the Toledo Walleye by winning all three games over the weekend and picking up six points.
The Komets weekend started on Friday night when the team crossed state lines and took on the Cincinnati Cyclones. The first period got started when Gabriel Desjardins scored at 2:27. The Cyclones answered a short time later when Rob De Fulviis scored on Michael Houser.
The Cyclone’s next and last goal of the game at 1:59 in the second period when Justin Vaive found the back the of the net. The Komets kept the momentum going with goals from Marc-Olivier Roy and Shawn Szydlowski. Heading into the third period, the Komets were up 3-2. The third period saw goals from Ryan Culkin, Cody Sol, and Desjardins
Saturday was Super Hero night at the sold-out Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and the Komets wanted to pick up where they left off. The Allen Americans Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored at 5:24 in the first getting by Komets goalie Houser. He was assisted by Alex Guptill and Olivier Archambault. The same line would score at 3:24 in the second period but with Archambault with the goal and Guptill and Pierro-Zabotel with the assists.
The Komets really got the game going when Szydlowski, Sol, Roy and Garrett Thompson each scored a goal. Bryan Moore scored for Allen at 12:28 in the period but it was too late, the Americans lost 5-3
The same two teams were at it again and this time the Americans were looking for revenge. With a scoreless first period, the Komets got the ball rolling when Captain Jamie Schaafsma found the back of the net with help from Desjardins and Jason Binkley. The Cyclones only goal of the game came when the trio of Pierro-Zabotel, Archambault, and Guptill scored on goalie Garrett Bartus. Fresh off his All-Star appearance, Artur Tyanulin got his eleventh goal of the season when he snuck the puck by Americans goalie Jeremy Brodeur.
With help from Bobby Shea and Desjardins, Dennis Kravchenko put the Komets up 3-1 in the third. Louick Marcotte sealed the Komets win when he scored on Brodeur as the third period was winding down at 17:53
Komets are on the road this week with a game Tuesday evening against the Indianapolis Fuel. The Komets then head to Michigan to take on the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday night before heading to Ohio to face the Cyclones for a Saturday night face off.