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

Saturday, November 04, 2017 10:10 pm

K's pluck Mallards with offensive display

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The floodgates opened in a big way for the Komets tonight, as they defeated the Quad City Mallards 7-1, paced by two goals apiece from Marc-Olivier Roy and Daniel Maggio in front of 7,939 fans at Memorial Coliseum.

Defenseman Jason Binkley had a goal and two assists, giving him eight points this season for the Komets (3-2-1), who avoided their first four-game winless streak since late in the 2012-13 season, their first in the ECHL.

The Komets outshot the Mallards 44-27.

(Video highlights are above.)

After a 4-2 loss Friday night to the Adirondack Thunder, the Komets talked about the need to improve an offense that had produced six goals over three games and was playing too much of a perimeter game. They had more success tonight, netting four goals on their first 22 shots, and wreaking havoc in front of the net of the Mallards (4-4-0), the team Fort Wayne ousted from the first round of the 2017 playoffs.

Binkley, who has a point in all but one game this season, opened the scoring with a shot from the blue line 1:46 into the first period. Though Quad City’s Sam Warning answered just 23 seconds later by coming out from behind the net and sending a backhand shot past goaltender Garrett Bartus, who played for only the second time this season, Fort Wayne’s Thompson made it 2-1 by redirecting a Cody Sol blue-line shot at 3:31.

Maggio netted his first goal for the Komets since 2013, sending a shot from the left circle into the net as he fell to the ice. And Roy made it 4-1 with a beautiful goal at 17:23, getting to the rebound of his own shot and flipping it into the net as he was dumped from behind by Brayden Low.

Roy and Maggio each netted goals in the second period and Quad City’s starting goalie, Ivan Kulbakov, was pulled with 22 saves on 27 shots before he was replaced by Alex Sakellaropoulos, who was in training camp with the Komets but cut in favor of Bartus.

Thompson netted a breakaway goal in the third period, after a Artur Tyanulin breakout pass, and the Komets were up 7-1 for their largest goal output since the 8-2 victory over Kansas City on Oct. 20, the second game of the season.

The Komets play 3 p.m. Sunday at Kalamazoo, Michigan, completing their first set of three games in three days this season.

Notes: The Komets played without Shawn Szydlowski (hip), Tyson Fawcett, Justin Hodgman (lower body), Gabriel Desjardins (lower body) and Jalen Smereck, while Sol returned from injury, Ryan Lowney made his season debut and Taylor Crunk was back after a night in the stands. … The referee was Sean Fernandez. … Former NHL goalie Corey Schwab, who is a goaltending coach with the Arizona Coyotes, has been working with the Komets’ netminders and has been at the last two games.

jcohn@jg.net