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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Louick Marcotte races towards the puck during the second period against the Allen Americans at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Gabriel Desjardins, left, and Americans' Mike Gunn fight for the puck during the second period at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Marco Roy, right, and Americans' David Makowski scramble to get to the puck during the first period at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:20 pm

Analyzing Komets' 4-1 victory over Allen

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Everyone was raving about how Garrett Bartus played in the Komets' 4-1 victory over the Allen Americans. He may not have had a ton of saves, just 17 of them, but they all seemed to be big ones.

And he was fired up, not afraid to get into some shoving with Olivier Archambault or Spencer Asuchak when they infringed upon the crease. But we all know the Americans like to crash the net.

“I was just kind of sticking up for myself. I know how they play and what they do around the net. I was trying to stick up for myself, and I know the guys here have my back, too,” Bartus said.

It was Bartus' first game since his shutout of Quad City on Dec. 30. 

“The technical side, stopping the puck, is not the big thing,” Bartus said. “But the mental side, just trying to stay focused, is what’s difficult after taking so much time off. So it was good to get back in and definitely good to get the win.”

He's 7-2-0 with a 2.44 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and a shutout.

-- Video highlights from the game are above. 

-- Not only is Trevor Cheek back, but Justin Hodgman might be back later in the week. This could mean some roster problems for the Komets, especially as it pertains to the salary cap. In fact, had Cheek been called up just a little bit later in the day Friday, the Komets might have had to cut someone. Which leads me to two things: Maybe the ECHL should make some waiver system in which a player can be called back if he's released and then there's a call-up within 12 hours or something? Also, one has to wonder what Tucson is doing from a money standpoint. They call up Cheek, pay for all the travel and everything, then don't dress him and send him back 36 hours later? 

-- A key for the Komets in sweeping Allen was their depth. Playing three games in three nights and suffering some injuries, it was pretty key for them being able to swap in Logan Nelson and Louick Marcotte for Garrett Thompson and Zac Larraza.

-- Artur Tyanulin didn't have a point in his previous five games, but then scored Sunday. "Being his first year, I think he set the expectations high for himself. He had a hot start and then the All-Star Game and all that stuff, but it hadn't been going for him the last five games," Komets coach Gary Graham said. "I know he's been putting a lot of pressure on himself to score. ... I thought at the beginning of the year when he was scoring a lot, it came from him playing good defensive hockey. He as back-checking hard and stripping guys, and I thought he'd gotten away from that recently, because he as so focused on offense. Tonight was a better defensive effort from him."