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Komets

  • Goalie sharp in Komets debut
      Right wing Garrett Meurs scored in a second straight game, and the Komets defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 4-1 Friday at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Giving thanks for practice
      The Komets spend a lot of time practicing shootouts, which isn’t surprising given their 8-8 record in them in their first two seasons in the ECHL.
  • Komets forward makes it look easy
    In the Komets’ last game, a 3-1 loss to the Greenville Road Warriors at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, forward Eric Faille had one of the easier goals you’ll see at a professional hockey game.
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Komets improve playoff position

– And now the breathing room is a little … roomier.

Shawn Szydlowski unknotted it with 6:18 to play Friday night, Chris Auger and Aaron Clarke added goals in the final minute, and the Komets once again brushed aside the Toledo Walleye, 4-1, at the Huntington Center in Toledo.

The win was the Komets’ sixth straight this season over Toledo (21-42-5), running their record to 6-0-1 against the Walleye.

More importantly, it stretched their lead over idle Florida in the battle for the eighth and last playoff spot to four points with four games to play.

The Komets are now 33-23-7-5 and have 78 points to Florida’s 74. They are three points behind Greenville for seventh place.

In Toledo, Brandon Marino scored at 7:11 of the first and Maxim Shalunov answered for the Walleye at 19:25, and the 1-1 tie held up until Szydlowski’s goal off assists from Scott Fleming and Auger. Auger then planted an empty-netter with a minute to play, his 27th goal of the season, and Clarke sealed it with three seconds left with his 24th.

Both Szydlowski’s goal and Clarke’s goal came on the power play – making the Komets, who came into the night 19th out of 21 ECHL teams in the power play, 2 for 2 on the night.

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