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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets left wing Taylor Crunk fights for the puck against a Mallards defender in the second period at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets center Mason Baptista moves the puck down the ice in the first period against Quad City at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets center Jamie Schaafsma fights to get the puck past the Mallards goalie in the first period at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets right wing Artur Tyanulin sets up for a pass in the first period against Quad City at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets left wing Garrett Thompson takes a shot at the net in the first period against Quad City at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets defenseman Dan Maggio sets up for a shot in the first period against Quad City at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets defenseman Bobby Shea sets up to pass the puck in the first period against Quad City at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets center Dennis Kravchenko sets up for a shot at the goal in the first period against Quad City at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets center Dennis Kravchenko takes a shot at the net at the beginning of the second period against Quad City at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Zac Larraza races for the puck against a Mallards defender in the first period at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Komets center Marco Roy sets up a play in the first period against Quad City at the Coliseum on Saturday.  

Saturday, November 04, 2017 11:50 pm

A guide to Komets' turnaround victory

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

So how did the Komets go from being dismal against the Adirondack Thunder to dominant in a 7-1 victory tonight over the Quad City Mallards?

Well, follow along:

-- Both coach Gary Graham and captain Jamie Schaafsma demanded more from the team after the 4-2 loss Friday night, more specifically calling for more physical play, more going to the hard areas, forechecking and back-checking, and playing an uglier game.

-- The morning skate was different than usual. It focused on how to play in front of the opposing net. Graham said the Komets talked about all the players needing ice bags after the game. They were too busy being in a good mood to ice down much, though.

-- The following players were added to the lineup: Ryan Lowney got in for the first time this season; Cody Sol returned from injury; Taylor Crunk was added for grit.

-- The following players were subtracted: Jalen Smereck and Tyson Fawcett, who were healthy scratches, and Shawn Szydlowski who has a minor hip injury. The Komets were already without Justin Hodgman and Gabriel Desjardins, two top-line players, by the way.

-- Garrett Bartus got to play his second game in net this season, giving Michael Houser a rest. Both goalies worked this week with former NHL goalie Corey Schwab, a goaltending coach with the Arizona Coyotes.

-- Daniel Maggio was moved to forward for the first time this season. He’s equally comfortable there or at defense. All the lines were jumbled up because of the changes.

-- Quad City is a more familiar opponent and a better match-up, especially since it’s much weaker on defense than the Thunder, which has a bevy of experience and higher-level talent on the back end.

-- The Komets were shooting from the perimeter without hesitation, including getting an early goal from the blue line by Jason Binkley and a shot by Sol that was redirected in by Garrett Thompson for a 2-1 lead. Binkley and Sol, by the way, lead all ECHL defensemen with 1.5 points per game this season. Binkley, who has nine points, has at least a point in all but one game.

-- Maggio, Thompson and Marco Roy had two goals apiece as Fort Wayne feasted around the net.

-- Dennis Kravchenko was praised for blocking a shot with the Komets up 5-1. That’s the kind of sacrifice Graham wants. However, we don’t know the health of Kravchenko heading into Sunday’s game at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

-- Thompson also stepped up with a fight. It was a chance for the Mallards to get momentum, but it didn’t happen for them. (Video of it is above.)

-- Fort Wayne, which scored on 1 of 5 power plays, killed off all three Quad City man-advantages. The Komets’ penalty killing unit has been excellent this season and Fort Wayne has, for the most part, stayed out of the penalty box.

-- The Komets’ speed has been showing. Asked who the fastest players on the roster are, Graham said Fawcett and Artus Tyanulin, whose pass set up Thompson for a breakaway goal during a third-period power play.

-- Now, after avoiding their first four-game losing streak since 2013, the Komets face their first road game of the season.

jcohn@jg.net