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Komets snap 3-game skid

The Komets said goodbye to their three-game losing streak, defeating the Kalamazoo Wings 4-3 at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night.

"We had a sense of urgency. We know we are in a slump right now. We just battled hard, fought hard tonight," said Thomas Beauregard, whose game-winning goal came on a 2-on-1 rush with Josh Brittain feeding him a pretty pass under a dividing defender.

It was the last segment of three unanswered goals for the Komets (8-5-1), who have still won 6 of 9 games.

"We wanted to get out of the slump," Beauregard said. "It's not fun losing three in a row. We battled hard and just wanted to win, especially in front of a good crowd (of 7,479). It felt good."

The Wings took a two-goal lead in the second period – defenseman Mitch Versteeg scored from 30 feet out and defenseman Adam Polasek from 50 feet out – but the Komets answered.

A rebound came to rest on Marino's stick and he blasted it into the net at 6:46 of the second period, then newcomer defenseman Gabe Guentzel tied it with a power-play goal at 10:00. The Komets had been scoreless in their previous 21 attempts with the man-advantage.

It was Guentzel's first game with Fort Wayne, after he was assigned to Fort Wayne from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, where he had one assist and a minus-8 rating in six games.

"Guentzel showed why he was the top goal-scoring defenseman at Colorado College (from 2008 to 2012). He gets all his shots through and has great vision on the ice," said Komets coach Al Sims, who had all new line combinations. "He's comfortable (on the power play). He ran it in Colorado and that's probably where he's most comfortable. He's constantly talking and yelling and looks like he might help us out offensively."

Both teams scored on 1 of 3 power plays.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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