Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Shawn Szydlowski of the Komets pummels Nick Latta of Wichita during the first period at the Coliseum Friday night.
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Ryan Culkin of the Komets prepares to set Mason Baptista up for a shot during the first period against the Wichita Thunder Friday night at the Coliseum.
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Michael Houser of the Komets defends against the Wichita Thunder offense during the 2nd period at the Coliseum Friday night.
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Jamie Schaafsma of the Komets forces a turnover against the Wichita Thunder during the first period at the Coliseum Friday night.
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Shawn Szydlowski of the Komets stops the Wichita Thunder’s drive during the first period at the Coliseum Friday night.
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Mason Baptista of the Fort Wayne Komets celebrates after a goal during the first period against the Wichita Thunder Friday night at the Coliseum.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 12:10 am
VIDEO: Komets vs. Thunder Round 2
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
Here are the video highlights from the Komets' 8-4 victory over the Wichita Thunder, which included Garrett Thompson's two goals and four points.
What was the difference tonight from the first period to the second?
“The difference between the first and the second periods was something you might not even think of and that was faceoffs,” Komets coach Gary Graham said. “We won only 6 of 22 draws in the first period. We were chasing the puck in the first period. (The Thunder was) able to regroup (from Wednesday) and play the patience and poise game and force us into running around. In the second period, when we started playing with the puck and putting it in deep, getting it in on the forecheck, that’s when really the game changed.”
Here's an interesting statistic: Shawn Szydlowski has scored the first goal in games five times but Mason Baptista has done it now four times, including the last two games. That's tied for 13th in the entire league.
Fort Wayne has now won 10 of its last 11 games and outscored the opposition 64-35 in that span.
“We usually don’t make every chance count like that. It seemed like every chance we were getting, we were scoring,” Baptista said. “So it definitely feels nice, though. It’s awesome to be able to do that a couple games, back-to-back.”
Remember, the Komets play a home-and-home series with the Quad City Mallards that begins Saturday night in Moline, Illinois.
Szydlowski, who had four assists, has a league-leading 60 points now in 41 games.