Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:30 pm
Komets lose to Cyclones
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
The Komets still can’t solve the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Justin Vaive scored two late goals to lead the Cyclones to a 5-3 victory Wednesday in Ohio that improved them to 4-0-0 against the Komets this season.
It was only the third loss in the last 15 games for the Komets (17-8-2), who were without Shawn Szydlowski and Jamie Schaafsma because of illnesses. Cincinnati (17-10-1) has won five of its last six games.
Komets goaltender Michael Houser, who had been coming off an 18-save shutout of Quad City, stopped 28 of 32 shots against his former team. Cincinnati’s Anthony Peters stopped 19 of 22 at U.S. Bank Arena.
Back in the Fort Wayne lineup were forwards Marco Roy, who had been with San Jose of the higher-level American Hockey League, and Dennis Kravchenko, who had been on injured reserve with a back injury.
Fort Wayne’s Logan Nelson, who tied it at 1 at 13:22 of the first period, has been on a torrid scoring pace. During his eight-game point-scoring streak, he has totaled three goals and nine points.
Artur Tyanulin gave Fort Wayne a 2-1 lead 5:33 into the second period but the Cyclones answered with power-play goals from Eric Knodel and Jesse Schultz.
Roy tied it at 3 for the Komets at 19:52 but the game’s fourth straight power-play goal gave the lead back to the Cyclones, 14:21 into the third period, when Vaive found the back of the net.
Vaive cemented the victory with an empty net goal.
Cincinnati scored on 3 of 7 power plays. Fort Wayne was 1 of 4.
Notes: The Komets traded Joseph Widmar to Greenville for future considerations. He had three assists in 11 games. ... Goaltender Sean Maguire, yet to play for the Komets since he was acquired by the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, was called up to Tucson of AHL. ... Zac Larraza was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury.