FORT WAYNE – The Komets finally got their power play going – scoring on 2 of 7 opportunities – in a 3-2 victory Saturday in front of 5,945 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
The Komets (20-14-10) came into the game with the 18th-ranked power play in the ECHL (13.4 percent) and had scored on four of their last 42 opportunities.
But their special-teams prowess extended their recent surge to 5-1-2 heading into today’s game against the Kalamazoo Wings at Memorial Coliseum.
Komets forward Chris Auger opened the scoring 56 seconds into the game.
But Cincinnati forward Dan Eves tied it on a power play at 2:10 after forward Matt Carter was sent to the penalty box for slashing. The Cyclones (26-16-2), who have lost four straight games, were 1 for 5 on power plays.
Forward Mike Embach put the Komets back up with a power-play goal 8:26 into the third period. The Komets got another power-play goal, 7:10 into the second period, from forward Brandon Marino for a 3-1 lead.
Before the game, the ECHL fined Komets captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock an undisclosed amount for his actions in Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Kalamazoo. He got a 10-minute misconduct with 7.7 seconds remaining, after the Wings tied it, for arguing with the officials and, after the game, got a game misconduct for coming back onto the ice with no jersey.
Notes: The Komets played without Jason Dale (groin) and Simon Danis-Pepin (shoulder/arm).