The Komets hadn’t practiced in 4 1/2 days. They hadn’t scored more than five goals in a game since last season. Their offensive production had been deemed unacceptable by coach Al Sims.
It didn’t matter.
The Komets came out flying and annihilated the IHL’s first-place team, the Muskegon Lumberjacks, 7-2 on Saturday night at L.C. Walker Arena.
Center Colin Chaulk opened the scoring just 59 seconds into the game, and before 18 minutes had been played, former NHL goaltender Sebastien Centomo had been bested four times.
Fort Wayne had lost its previous three games against rival Muskegon, the team the Komets downed in the Turner Cup Finals last spring. But the Komets netted the first six goals Saturday to put the game out of reach.
After the Lumberjacks got goals from Matt Krug and J.T. Dahlinger, the Komets cemented the outcome with a goal from defenseman Frankie DeAngelis at 17:19 of the third period.
Chaulk had two goals and two assists. Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock had two goals and two fights. David Hukalo and Leo Thomas also scored for the Komets, who outshot the Lumberjacks 33-28.
The Komets (15-9-1) had lost 5 of 8 games coming into the night. The Lumberjacks (19-6-3) had won four straight.
The Komets played without forward Brad MacMillan, who served his one-game suspension for hitting a Bloomington player with his own helmet during a fight last weekend. MacMillan should play today at Flint, Mich.