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1st period recap

The Komets and Wheeling are tied at 1 after one period at Memorial Coliseum.

Wheeling opened the scoring on its first shot of the game, at 6:46 of the first period, after Fort Wayne's Jordon Southorn coughed up the puck at his own blue line. That allowed Denver Manderson to break toward the Fort Wayne net, but Simon Danis-Pepin dislodged the puck. Still, Wheeling's Zach Torquato was able to send a pass to Max MacKay for a goal into an open net.

The Komets tied it at 14:27, when forward Matt Carter broke behind the defense, drew goalie Peter Mannino to the ice and then sent the puck above his outstretched glove. Mannnino has played six NHL games with the New York Islanders, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets, going 1-1-0 with a 3.99 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage.

After the Carter goal, Fort Wayne captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock fought Justin Smith.

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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