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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, March 02, 2019 1:00 am

Komets 7 Kalamazoo 5

Szydlowski helps K's win 3rd straight

Journal Gazette

Shawn Szydlowski has been on a tear since he was benched for a game. Mason Baptista has looked good, too, in similar circumstances.

Both played huge roles in the Komets' 7-5 victory over the Kalamazoo Wings, in front of 3,431 fans at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday night.

Szydlowski had two goals, including the second-period game winner, and totaled three points. That gives the ECHL's reigning MVP four goals and nine points in five games since coach Gary Graham sat him for a night.

Baptista assisted on four goals and had a plus-4 rating on a night in which the Komets' defense was spotty. In two games since he was scratched, Baptista has one goal and six points.

The Komets have now won three in a row.

J.C. Campagna also netted two goals for the Komets.

Jake Kamrass, Ryan Lowney and Trey Phillips also scored for Fort Wayne (26-18-9), which pulled into a tie with Kalamazoo (29-23-3) for third place in the Central Division.