Skip to main content

The Journal Gazette

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Brett Perlini, of the Komets, keeps his eye on the play in the first period of Saturday's game at the Memorial Coliseum.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Terry McDougall, who played for the Komets from 1975 to 1982, spoke to fans after his number was retired Saturday evening.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Terry McDougall, who played for the Komets from 1975 to 1982, watches as his number is raised into the rafters Saturday evening.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Komets' Mike Cazzola keeps his eye on the goal as he brings the puck down the ice in the first period of Saturday's game against Quad City at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Terry McDougall, who played for the Komets from 1975 to 1982, had his number retired Saturday evening.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Garrett Thompson, of the Komets, looks for an open player to pass to in the first period of Saturday's game against Quad City at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Terry McDougall, who played for the Komets from 1975 to 1982 watches as his number is raised into the rafters Saturday evening.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Komets' Dan Milan shoots on goal with Quad City's Donnie Harris trying to block the shot in the first period of Saturday's game at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Brett Perlini, of the Komets, keeps his eye on the play in the first period of Saturday's game at the Memorial Coliseum.

Saturday, January 07, 2017 7:30 pm

Komets come alive in 3rd to win

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

The Komets had to navigate highs and lows, as they peppered the Mallards net tonight with shots and then endured the same from Quad City, in a game highlighted by great goaltender for two periods.

But the Komets finished especially strong, getting unanswered third-period goals from Curtis Leonard, Mike Embach, Taylor Crunk and Shawn Szydlowski, to complete a 5-1 victory that improved them to 6-1-0 this season against the Mallards.

The Komets outshot the Mallards 41-29.

In front of 7,449 spectators, the No. 19 of Terry McDougall was raised to the rafters before the game, making him the 16th person (13th player) to get the honor from the 65-year-old Komets.

Flanked by other players who have had their numbers retired – Chuck Adamson, Len Thornson, Robbie Laird, Robbie Irons and Nick Boucher – McDougall said: “Thank you. It’s good to be back in The Fort. I want to thank the Komets organization, especially the Frankes (who own the team) for making this happen. When they told me this would be going on, it really took me back to how much I loved living here and how much I loved playing here on this pond I’m standing on.”

In 507 regular-season games with Fort Wayne over seven seasons, McDougall totaled 249 goals and 644 points. He added 29 goals and 95 points in 69 playoff games. In his remarkable 1978-79 season, playing with Laird and Al Dumba on the “Western Union Line,” McDougall accrued 57 goals and 139 points, tying Thornson’s single-season franchise record, and he was selected IHL MVP.

The Komets’ two-time team MVP will wear 19 the remainder of the season, at the behest of McDougall, 63, and the Komets will retire numbers for Colin Chaulk and Al Sims later this year.

The Komets are 0-2-1 against Sunday’s opponent, the Toledo Walleye, which has outscored Fort Wayne 15-6.

Against the Mallards (18-13-2), who were coming off three straight losses, including a 4-0 loss Friday at Cincinnati, the Komets (20-9-3) tallied nine of the first 10 shots on goal before Kyle Thomas scored on a 10-foot wrist shot that went over the shoulder of goaltender Adam Vay during a power play. That was followed by a fight, Crunk vs. Jack Nevins, and a goal by Quad City’s Sam Warning on a shot from the right circle at 4:44.

(Video highlights are above.)

What ensued was a run of the Mallards totaling 14 of 25 shots, not including Guillaume Gelinas’ 15-foot shot toward an open net that ricocheted off the post, but goalie Garrett Bartus kept it tied at 1. That set off a flurry of shots at the other end and Vay had to come up big, diving to his left to stop Mike Cazzola on a shot from 12 feet.

A familiar foe – penalties – began to dog the Komets, who limited the Mallards to only two shots during a 1:47-long 5-on-3 power play, during which Bartus slid to his right to foil Brady Brassart’s shot from 20 feet.

The Komets unleashed a bunch of shots on Vay from in the early minutes of the third period, but the goalie foiled Cazzola, Brady Vail and Jamie Schaafsma from within 15 feet before Leonard finally broke through with a slap shot from the top of the left circle at 5:27.

Embach made it 3-1 by redirecting a Cazzola pass through the legs of Vay. And Crunk scored from 40 feet with a shot set up by the newly reacquired Brett Perlini.

Cazzola had four assists.

Notes: Thomas has scored a goal in four straight games, totaling five goals, and has a point in 10 straight games, totaling 17. … Fort Wayne’s Garrett Thompson was back in the lineup after missing six games because of a lower-body injury. … The Komets remained without Pat Nagle (ankle), Cody Sol (knee), Gabriel Beaupre (concussion), Trevor Cheek (with Tucson of the American Hockey League) and Bobby Shea (Rochester of AHL). … Among those out for Quad City were Michael Parks, who has five points in six games against the Komets, captain Chris Francis and goalie C.J. Motte.

jcohn@jg.net