Skip to main content

The Journal Gazette

Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:19 pm

Poor 3rd period costs Komets

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

All three goals of the third period were scored by the Kalamazoo Wings in a 6-3 victory Saturday night over the Komets in front of 3,804 fans at Wings Event Center.

Six different players scored for the Wings, who netted goals on 3 of 8 power-play opportunities in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Komets (22-12-4) got goals from Kyle Thomas, Gabriel Desjardins and Mason Baptista, who tied it at 3 with a power-play goal with five seconds remaining in the second period. The Komets scored on 1 of 3 power plays.

But the Wings (18-18-4), who have won seven of their last nine games, rallied in the third with goals from Tanner Sorenson on a power play at 4:50, Kyle Bushee on a power play at 13:37 and Lane Scheidl, who scored into an empty net at 18:56.

Goaltender Garrett Bartus stopped 28 of 33 shots for Fort Wayne. Nick Riopel stopped 23 of 26 for Kalamazoo, which won only 1 of 8 games against the Komets last season and has taken 3 of 6 this season.

Referee Lucas Martin doled out 15 penalties, 10 on the Komets, who took the only three penalties of the third period. 

The Wings’ other goals were scored by Justin Taylor, Blake Kessel (power play) and Josh Pitt, who put Kalamazoo up 3-2 at 18:29 of the second period. Eric Kattelus had three assists for the Wings.

The Komets, who have lost four of their last six games, play today at Brampton, Ontario. The Beast has lost three in a row and is coming off a 2-1 loss Friday to the visiting Wings.