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Friday, March 01, 2019 10:30 pm

K's win wild one in Kalamazoo

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Shawn Szydlowski has been on a tear since he was benched for a game. Mason Baptista has looked good, too, in similar circumstances.

Both played huge roles in the Komets’ 7-5 victory over the Kalamazoo Wings, in front of 3,431 fans at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday night.

(Video highlights are above.)

Szydlowski had two goals, including the second-period game winner, and totaled three points. That gives the ECHL’s reigning MVP and leading scorer four goals and nine points in five games since coach Gary Graham sat him for a night.

Baptista assisted on four goals and had a plus-4 rating on a night during which the Komets’ defense was spotty. In two games since he was scratched, Baptista has one goal and six points.

The Komets have now won three in a row for the first time since early January.

J.C. Campagna also netted two goals for the Komets, including the third-period insurance goal from the left circle during a power play, set up when Kalamazoo’s Ben Wilson high-sticked Brady Shaw.

Jake Kamrass, Ryan Lowney and Trey Phillips also scored for Fort Wayne (26-18-9), which pulled into a tie with Kalamazoo (29-23-3) for third place in the Central Division.

The Wings got a hat trick from Chris Collins, plus goals from Kyle Bushee and Tanner Sorenson.

Kalamazoo scored on both of its power plays. Fort Wayne was 2 for 6.

Fort Wayne goaltender Zach Fucale stopped 20 shots. Kalamazoo’s Jake Hildebrand stopped 21.

Notes: Before the game, the Komets re-signed defenseman Oskari Halme, a rookie, who had three assists in seven games before he was waived Feb. 20. He took the spot of defenseman Cody Sol, who was moved to injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. … Fort Wayne-native Blake Siebenaler had an assist in his ECHL debut for Wheeling, a 5-2 victory over Toledo, which the Komets face Saturday.

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