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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 02, 2018 11:10 pm

Komets fall to Mavericks on road

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets gave up three backdoor goals, including one to Corey Durocher with 54 seconds left in the third period, and they lost for only the third time in the last 20 games Friday.

Patch Alber’s pass set up the 3-2 winning goal for the Kansas City Mavericks in Independence, Missouri, where the teams meet again Saturday night.

Adam Carlson stopped 27 of 29 shots for the Mavericks (28-27-2). Garrett Bartus stopped 27 of 30 for the Komets (38-14-3). Bartus had been 9-0-1 in his previous 10 starts.

In a nip-and-tuck first period, the ECHL’s leading scorer, Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski, was foiled on a breakaway by Adam Carlson at 13:14.

But Fort Wayne atoned at 16 minutes when Marco Roy redirected a Ryan Lowney blue-line shot for a 1-0 lead.

Mark Cooper tied it at 1 at 7:31 of the second period by cutting to the net to one-time a Jared VanWormer cross-ice pass into the back of the net for the Mavericks.

The Komets regained the lead through a 2-on-1 rush that saw Trevor Cheek send a pass to Justin Hodgman, who smacked the puck out of mid-air for a goal 14:07 into the second period.

Cheek has tallied at least a point in 10 of his last 11 games. Hodgman has a point in nine of his last 10 games.

Cooper tied it again, 6:11 into the third period, fighting his way to a VanWormer centering pass to bang it past Bartus.

Notes: Former Komets goaltender Pat Nagle was selected as the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month for the second time this season. For the Toledo Walleye, he was 8-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.72 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage in February, as Toledo stayed ahead of Fort Wayne in the division.