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The Journal Gazette

Friday, November 11, 2016 8:30 pm

Asmundson, Desjardins lead K's to victory

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

Keegan Asmundson stopped 16 of 20 shots and got plenty of offensive help, including two goals from Gabriel Desjardins, as the Komets beat the Missouri Mavericks 6-4 on Friday in front of 4,438 fans at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Giving Eric Hartzell a deserved night off, Asmundson got his first start in net for the Komets, who played in Independence, Missouri, for the first time since the 2012 Central Hockey League playoffs.

The Komets are 1-0-2 so far on their five-game road trip that continues Saturday against the Mavericks and Sunday in Wichita, Kansas, where they haven’t played since the 2012 finals. Saturday’s game could be interesting after an 11-player melee in the waning seconds.

Down 2-1 thanks to goals by Dane Fox and Rocco Carzo heading into the second period, Desjardins scored his second goal at 3:46. Defenseman Curtis Leonard’s first goal of the season put Fort Wayne up 3-2 at 15:21.

The Komets (6-2-2) got an insurmountable 5-2 lead with goals from forwards Garrett Thompson and Mike Embach in the third period. And Trevor Cheek, who has two goals and seven points in four games since returning from Tucson of the American Hockey League, also scored late in the game.

Embach had three points. Defenseman Cody Sol had two assists, giving him six in 10 games this season, and he had a third-period fight with Tyler Elbrecht that also resulted in a game misconduct as an aggressor for Sol. Bobby Shea was the Komet in the middle of the late scrum.

Missouri (3-6-1) got 30 saves from goalie Ville Husso.