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Sunday, November 13, 2016 5:44 pm

Komets' rally falls short

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

The Komets rallied back from a five-goal deficit but the hole was too deep in a 5-3 loss in Wichita, Kansas, which closed Fort Wayne’s road trip at 2-1-2.

Playing today at INTRUST Bank Arena for the first time since the 2012 Central Hockey League finals – a series Fort Wayne won – the Komets got goals from David Friedmann, captain Jamie Schaafsma and Shawn Szydlowski.

The Komets also totaled 38 of the final 50 shots on goal in front of 4,073 fans, but they couldn’t overcome a Thunder team that got two goals apiece from Logan Nelson and Alexis Loiseau.

Fort Wayne’s starting goaltender Eric Hartzell, was pulled by coach Gary Graham after allowing four goals on 16 shots in 26 minutes, 57 seconds. His replacement, Keegan Asmundson, allowed a goal to Nelson on the first shot he faced and finished with six saves on seven shots.

For Wichita (6-3-0), Scott Greenham stopped 43 of 46 shots.

The Komets (7-3-2) played without defenseman Bobby Shea, who served the second game of his three-game suspension for actions during a late-game melee in a 6-4 victory over the Missouri Mavericks.

He will sit out the Komets’ next game, Friday at Memorial Coliseum against the Quad City Mallards.

Fort Wayne’s Trevor Cheek got 12 minutes in penalties, including a misconduct in the second period for continuing an altercation with Ryan Tesink after the linesmen intervened to break them up. In six games since returning from Tucson of the American Hockey League, Cheek has two goals, seven points, a plus-4 rating and 20 penalty minutes.

Szydlowski, who had two points, leads the Komets in goals (six) and points (14) in 11 games.