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Komets comeback starts too late in Indy

Jason Binkley
Jason Binkley
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<p>Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma races Indy center Jake Marchment for a loose puck during the third period Friday night. </p>

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Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma races Indy center Jake Marchment for a loose puck during the third period Friday night. 

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They score three times in final minutes but lose 6-5

Friday, March 10, 2017 07:36 pm
The Fort Wayne Komets' five-game winning streak is over, and so is their six-game winning streak over the Indy Fuel. The Fuel blitzed the Komets with a four-goal second period on the way to a 6-5 win in Indianapolis on Friday night. This time, the Komets couldn't find their comeback mode until it was too late. They trailed 3-2 after Mike Cazzola's power-play goal early in the second period, but consecutive penalties to Mike Embach and Gabriel Desjardins gave the Fuel a 5-on-3 power-play chance and Adam Phillips scored. That was followed by Fuel goals by Kenton Helgesen and Brady Ramsay to make it 6-2 heading into the third period.

Penalties were again a big problem, as the Fuel had five power-play chances to the Komets' two through the first two periods.

The Komets didn't start their rally until Jamie Schaafsma scored when their was 2:51 remaining. Cody Sol followed with 1:57 left and Gabriel Desjardins gave them a real chance with 1:23 remaining. With the goaltender pulled, the Komets had an opportunity, but Mike Cazzola's backhand with 18 seconds left hit the post. The Komets out-shot the Fuel 15-1 during the third period.

Despite stopping a pair of Indy breakaways during the second period to keep the Komets in the game, goaltender Garrett Bartus was pulled after giving up five goals on 22 shots.

Defenseman Jason Binkley was the offensive star for Fort Wayne with four assists, while Desjardins and Sol each had a goal and an assist. Trevor Cheek had two assists.

The loss costs the Komets a chance to move closer to Central Division leader Toledo which lost 3-2 at Kalamazoo on Friday night. The Walleye lead the Komets by eight points with 14 games remaining in the regular season.

The Komets are 12-11-6 on the road this season and will try to improve upon that during tonight's rematch in Indy. They are 5-6-2 over their last 13 road games, and two of those wins have come at the last-place Fuel.


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