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Reiter saves K's in win

The Komets showed off their three new players Wednesday night, but it was the goaltender who has been treamendous all season -- Kenny Reiter -- that cinched a much-needed victory for the Komets.

Reiter stopped 44 shots, including a penalty shot and three breakaways in the final minute of regulation time, as the Komets defeated the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 in Georgia.

It was the second Fort Wayne victory in the last seven games, and it came against the team with the ECHL's top winning percentage.

Fort Wayne (9-7-1) was up 4-1 on goals from Josh Brittain, Daniel Maggio, Thomas Beauregard and Tyler Butler (his first of the season) before the Gladiators (14-5-1) got goals from Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Doug Jones in the final 4:15.

Gwinnett outshot Fort Wayne 47-15.

The Komets debuted former NHLer Luca Caputi, Ryan Lasch and Garrett Klotz, all down from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, but they were scoreless. Defenseman Ryan Hegarty was also back in the lineup from a hand injury.

Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Stephon Thorne were scratches.

The teams meet again Friday.

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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