FORT WAYNE – Without Scott Fleming, who had been called up to Worcester of the American Hockey League the day before, the Komets defeated the Wheeling Nailers 3-1 on Wednesday night in Wheeling, W.Va.
It was tied at 1 before Shawn Szydlowski skated away from the right boards, sent a backhand shot at goaltender Mike Condon and put in the rebound for a 2-1 lead 5:27 into the third period.
Captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock finished off a 2-on-1 rush for a 3-1 lead at 14:20 in front of 1,588 fans at WesBanco Arena, as Fort Wayne won for the third time in its last four games.
Ben Meisner made 21 saves for the Komets (18-14-8), who got a first-period goal from defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin. Condon had 26 saves for Wheeling (19-17-6), which got a goal from Jack MacLellan as Fort Waynes Jordon Southorn was limping from blocking a shot.
The Komets were 0 for 2 on power plays. They have scored twice in their last 40 power plays heading into this Fridays game against the Elmira Jackals at the Coliseum.
Before the game, the Komets acquired forward Jason Dale from the Ontario Reign for cash. It was the Komets 10th trade of the season.
Dale, 25, faced the Komets in each of the last four seasons with Bloomington of the CHL and then Evansville of the ECHL.
He had one goal and six points in 18 games this season with Ontario and Evansville, after he tallied 16 goals and 39 points in 70 games last season with Evansville.
Fleming, who was second among ECHL rookies with 34 points, was scoreless Wednesday in his debut with Worcester, a 6-3 loss to Binghamton.