The loss ended the nine-game unbeaten streak for Komets goaltender Ben Meisner and pushed the Wings' home hot streak to 9-0-1 over their last 10 games in Wings Stadium. The teams meet in a 3 p.m. rematch on Sunday.
The Wings scored first on a Nick Sirota goal, but the Komets dominated most of the first two periods behind goals by Matt Carter, Chris Auger and Simon Danis-Pepin. The Komets out-shot the Wings 26-16 through the first two periods, but the Wings got back into the game on a late second-period goal by Ludwig Blomstrang that seemed to steal Fort Wayne's momentum.
Then the Wings came out and scored on two of their first three shots on goal as Justin Taylor and Sirota scored inside the first 3:30 of the third period. The Komets never recovered after that.
The loss knocks the Komets into an eighth-place tie with Florida in the Eastern Conference standings. The teams meet twice in Fort Wayne next week. Evansville is one point behind the Komets and Everblades. Fort Wayne and Florida are one point behind seventh-place Wheeling.
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