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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, March 19, 2017 10:18 pm

Komets unable to solve Beast goaltender Fucale

Journal Gazette

Pat Nagle had another terrific game, stopping 23 of 24 shots, but the Komets lost 1-0 to the Brampton Beast at Brampton, Ontario, on Sunday.

Nagle has stopped 55 of the last 56 shots he has faced – including a shutout in Friday’s 3-0 victory over Tulsa – but he was outdone Sunday by Brampton’s Zachary Fucale’s 30-save shutout at the Powerade Centre.

Despite missing 37 games with a high ankle sprain, Nagle is now 10-2-1 with a 2.02 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and two shutouts this season.

It was only the third loss in regulation over the last 19 games for the Komets (37-17-7), who play host to Norfolk on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

Luke Pither scored the game’s only goal, 19:36 into the second period, in front of 3,040 fans.

The Komets had eight power-play opportunities but failed to score on any of them, while the Colin Chaulk-coached Beast (36-20-7) was 0 for 4 on power plays. The Beast has won four of its last six games.

Komets forwards Shawn Szydlowski and Trevor Cheek had a game-best five shots apiece, but the Beast finished the season series with a 4-0-1 record against Fort Wayne.

Captain Jamie Schaafsma didn’t play for the Komets, so his eight-game point-scoring streak remains intact. But Mike Cazzola’s streak ended at five games.