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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets Stephen Pierog takes a shot at the net at War Memorial Coliseum, Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets Gabriel Desjardins driving the puck at War Memorial Coliseum, Saturday.  

  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets goaltender Garrett Bartus, left, guards the net as defenseman Ryan Lowney, middle, and forward Garrett Thompson, top, try to keep the Indy Fuel's Matt Johnson from scoring at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Fuel's Matt Johnson grabs his head in disbelief after a Komets goal at the War Memorial Coliseum, Saturday.  

  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski, right, stickhandles around Indy Fuel defenseman Troy Vance while Fort Wayne's Taylor Crunk left awaits a pass in front of goaltender Matt Tomkins at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night. 

  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets forwards Mason Baptista, left, and Taylor Crunk, right, fight for the puck with Indy Fuel defenseman Travis Armstong in front of goaltender Matt Tomkins at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night. 

  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Taylor Crunk, top left, awaits a pass from Shawn Szydlowski, bottom right, while Indy Fuel defenseman Troy Vance is on the ice and goaltender Matt Tomkins looks on at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night in preseason action at Memorial Coliseum. 

Saturday, October 07, 2017 10:10 pm

Roy stars in K's preseason victory

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

It took five periods of play before any of the Komets’ newcomers scored a preseason goal and that was Marc-Olivier Roy, the second-round 2013 draft pick of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, who signed with Fort Wayne just this week.

Roy finished the scoring, too, faking his way into a backhand shot from the right circle that went top shelf in the Komets’ 5-2 victory over the Indy Fuel in preseason play.

The Komets had lost to Indy 3-1 on Friday night in Indianapolis, where captain Jamie Schaafsma had the lone Fort Wayne goal. Fort Wayne will finish its exhibition slate Monday at the Coliseum against the Kalamazoo Wings.

Fort Wayne’s Gabriel Desjardins scored after Roy won a faceoff, and Indy’s Matt Johnson netted a 40-foot power-play shot, but the highlight of the first period was probably a Bobby Shea check that sent into the air Indy’s Brandon Anselmini, who had been trying to skate end-to-end along the boards.

The Fuel scored again from long range 1:13 into the second period, when defenseman Travis Armstrong’s slapshot from just inside the blue line eluded goaltender Garrett Bartus.

Bartus atoned by foiling Joseph Widbar’s attempt on a breakaway rush at 4:10. Bartus stopped 15 of 17 shots in 30:18 of play before making way for rookie Alex Sakellaropoulos, whose first stop was a breakaway by Anselmini.

Bartus, Sakellaropoulos and Sean Bonar are competing for one roster spot, since the other goalie spot will be occupied by Michael Houser, who came via the new affiliation with the Arizona Coyotes. So far in the preseason, Bartus has stopped 28 of 30 shots and Sakellaropoulos 23 of 25.

Fort Wayne tied it at 2 on a short-handed goal at 12:07 by Roy, who had gotten behind the defense was yanked down from behind by Matt Rupert, just as Roy was slipping the puck underneath Tomkins. Garrett Thompson made it 3-2 at 15:54.

Tyson Fawcett put the Komets up 4-2 in the third period by getting to a rebound and sending it into the top of an open net.

Notes: The Komets added forward Phil Bushbacher to the roster before the game. He played for Fort Wayne in 2014-15, tallying one assist in eight games. … The referee was Lucas Martin.

jcohn@jg.net