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Thursday, November 08, 2018 12:00 am

Martineau's shorthanded goals lead K's

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Phelix Martineau’s two goals – both short-handed – led the Komets to a 2-1 victory over the Rapid City Rush on Wednesday night.

At Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, where the Komets will play again Friday and Saturday, the Komets extended their winning streak to three games and upended their rivals from the former Central Hockey League.

Lukas Hafner stopped 26 of 27 shots for Fort Wayne (4-5-0). Adam Carlson stopped 40 of 42 for the Rush (5-4-2), which came into the night on a 5-0-2 run.

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The game marked the return of Shawn Szydlowski, the ECHL’s MVP and leading scorer last season, who started the season playing in Norway but rejoined the Komets on Monday. He was on a line with captain Jamie Schaafsma and Garrett Ladd, and they helped the Komets total 14 of the game’s first 15 shots in 13:50.

But a failed attempt to clear the puck from the defensive zone allowed the Rush to net the first goal at 18:02, when Andrew Radjenovic sent a slap shot from the blue line underneath goalie Lukas Hafner.

A controversial call by referee Jacob Rekucki 12:49 into the second period turned the game on its heels, but not in the expected direction. Fort Wayne’s Ryan Lowney got a major penalty and a game misconduct for kneeing Mason McCarty, who had abruptly changed direction along the boards to cut toward the middle of the ice, colliding with Lowney’s knee.

On the ensuing Rapid City power play, Phelix Martineau scored short-handed goals 1:42 apart with a shot from the left circle, after a backhand pass from Marco Roy, and then off a rebound of a Jason Binkley shot.

A back-and-forth third period was highlighted by a Hafner save in which he slid to his left to thwart Adam Marsh from slipping the puck inside the right goalpost during an odd-man rush.

At the final whistle, the teams came to blows when former Komets forward Garrett Klotz sent Anthony Petruzzelli headfirst into the boards.

jcohn@jg.net