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Wednesday, November 02, 2016 7:14 pm

Poor 2nd period costs Komets game

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

The Komets were without goaltender Pat Nagle (high ankle sprain) and two-time team MVP Shawn Szydlowski (illness), and they lost a road game for the first time this season.

Propelled by a three-goal second period, including an Andrew Yogan goal off a rebound that would prove to be the difference, the Cincinnati Cyclones defeated the Komets 4-3 at U.S. Bank Arena tonight.

The Komets had a 2-1 lead entering the second period thanks to a wild goal by Garrett Thompson – a Cody Sol shot redirected off the mid-air stick of Andrew Huff before coming to Thompson in front – and a goal by Bobby Shea. The latter was set up by Gabriel Desjardins, who faked a shot in the left circle before his centering pass gave Shea a shot at an open net.

The Cyclones recovered with goals from Nick Huard, off a rebound during a power play, and Eric Knodel, on a shot from the point with a delayed penalty coming on Will Weber. After Yogan’s goal at 15:37, Desjardins got to the rebound of a Sol shot and scored at 7:54 of the third period.

Eric Hartzell stopped 20 of 24 shots for Fort Wayne (4-2-0, 2-1-0 on the road), which plays host to Indy on Friday and Memorial Coliseum and will be without Nagle for at least a month. For Cincinnati (3-5-0, 2-2-0 at home), Mark Visentin stopped 19 of 22 shots in front of 1,201 fans.

Szydlowski could be back Friday, when the Komets are expected to get back Trevor Cheek, who had been with Tucson of the American Hockey League, and Mike Embach, yet to play this season because of a shoulder injury.

Desjardins had a goal and an assist for Fort Wayne, which was scoreless on three power plays while the Cyclones were 1 for 3.

jcohn@jg.net