The Komets’ 62nd season – first under coach Gary Graham – has gotten off to a rocky start.
A 4-2 loss Sunday to the Evansville IceMen – in Fort Wayne’s first road game of the season – dropped the Komets to 0-1-2.
Fort Wayne had a chance to force overtime, but forward Chris Auger’s redirection was turned away by goaltender Mike Clemente, and that was almost immediately followed by Nathan Moon’s empty netter to complete the scoring with 15 seconds remaining.
Forward Mike Vaskivuo opened the scoring for the Komets on a power play 6:36 into the game.
Joe Lavin answered at 12:17 and Matt Lowry got a short-handed goal at 18:42 for a 2-1 IceMen lead.
Fort Wayne’s Mickey Lang netted a short-handed goal 7:01 into the third period, but Josh Beaulieu’s power-play goal 23 seconds later was the winner.
Goaltender Cody Reichard stopped 27 of 30 shots. Clemente stopped 26 of 28 for the IceMen (3-0-0).
There were two fights: Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock took on former teammate Matt Krug, and Nick Tuzzolino fought Thomas Larkin.
Fort Wayne scored on 1 of 6 power plays. Evansville was 1 for 3.
Vettel chalks up 4th straight F1 title
In Greater Noida, India, Sebastian Vettel, the 26-year-old Red Bull driver, won the Indian Grand Prix from the pole with a clinical ride and became the third driver to win four consecutive F1 championships, joining Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
Daughter can’t halt Force’s title quest
In Las Vegas, John Force, 64, won his record 16th Funny Car title, beating daughter Courtney Force in the final round in the NHRA Toyota Nationals.
S. African dies after hit in head
Darryan Randall, a former first-class cricketer in South Africa, died after being hit in the head by the ball while batting. He was 32. The national body Cricket South Africa says Randall died Sunday at a hospital in the southern town of Alice in the Eastern Cape.
Around the links
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland today to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms. Moore made a 5-foot birdie putt on par-5 18th hole after Woodland was short with his chip from just off the green.
In Yangmei, Taiwan, Suzann Pettersen shot a 3-under 69 and held off Azahara Munoz to win her second consecutive Taiwan Sunrise LPGA championship.
In San Antonio, Kenny Perry made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer to win the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship.
Healthy Lundqvist returns for Rangers
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be back between the pipes for the New York Rangers for their home opener today against Montreal. He sat out two games due to an undisclosed injury.
IPFW finishes 1-1 in Final Four
IPFW Rugby defeated Indiana State 24-21 in the Indiana Rugby Union Final Four semifinals on Saturday. IPFW lost to Southern Indiana in the final 29-10.
Slalom champ wins World Cup opener
In Soelden, Austria, champion Ted Ligety maintained his dominance in giant slalom by taking the season-opening World Cup race by a 0.79-second margin while Bode Miller finished 19th in his return after a 20-month injury layoff.
Mastodon women win on Senior Day
IPFW women celebrated Senior Day with a 1-0 win against Omaha. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Pavlika tied the IPFW career record with her ninth shutout. Gaby Romo’s first half goal became the game-winner despite the Mastodons being out shot 6-2 in the second half. The Mastodons improve to 6-9-1, 3-1-1 in the Summit League.
Serena rallies to defend WTA crown
In Istanbul, Serena Williams capped a career year in style, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for her second straight WTA Championships crown.
Del Potro beats Federer in final
In Basel, Switzerland, Juan Martin del Potro denied Roger Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors title for the second straight year, winning the final 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4.
Youzhny takes 1st in Valencia Open
In Valencia, Spain, Mikhail Youzhny claimed his 10th career title by beating top-seeded David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5 in the Valencia Open.