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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, November 05, 2017 6:40 pm

1st road game results in Komets loss

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Rookie Artur Tyanulin kept up his torrid pace with two goals Sunday, giving him four goals and eight points in only four games since being sent to the Komets from Tucson of the higher-level American Hockey League.

But it wasn’t enough for the Komets to avoid their fourth loss in their last five games, as they took multiple penalties in a 6-3 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings in front of 2,217 fans Sunday at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kalamazoo scored on 1 of 7 power plays and Fort Wayne was 1 for 3, as the Komets completed their first set of three games in as many days and played their first road game of the season.

Despite allowing a power-play goal, the Komets’ penalty killers have stopped 27 of 30 opposing power plays this season.

The Komets play at defending champion Colorado on Wednesday.

Tyanulin had three points, Garrett Thompson netted his third goal in two games and Michael Houser stopped 33 of 38 shots for the Komets (3-3-1). For Kalamazoo (5-1-1), Danny Moynihan had two goals and three points, and Joel Martin stopped 43 of 46 shots in the teams’ first meeting this season.

Fort Wayne defenseman Jason Binkley was held without a point for only the second time this season.

Referee Sean MacFarlane awarded seven of the game’s first eight power plays to the Wings, enabling them to build a 4-2 lead through two periods.

Those periods included the two Moynihan goals and one apiece from Josh Pitt and Justin Taylor, who made it 4-2 with a power-play goal 16 minutes into the second period. Fort Wayne got a power-play goal from Thompson and an even-strength goal from Tyanulin, who trimmed the deficit to one goal 2:27 into the third period.

Scott Henegar cemented the victory at 14:18, and Kyle Bushee added an empty net goal for the Wings, who had 39 of the game’s 85 penalty minutes.

Notes: Dennis Kravchenko, injured blocking a shot in the Komets’ 7-1 victory Saturday over the Quad City Mallards, was replaced by Tyson Fawcett in the lineup. ... There was a first-period fight between Daniel Maggio and Aaron Irving. … In the second period, Irving got a game misconduct for leaving the bench to get involved in an altercation between Bobby Shea and Tyler Heinonen. … Shea got a 10-minute misconduct and do did teammate Ryan Culkin, who fired the puck angrily after the Bushee goal. … Fort Wayne’s Zac Larraza was a team-worst minus-3.