Friday, November 24, 2017 10:40 pm
K's dominate in 3rd at Indy
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
The Komets could have gotten frustrated. Instead, they got determined.
After only getting one shot past goaltender Etienne Marcoux through the first two shot-filled periods, they struck gold in the third period of a 4-2 victory Friday over the Indy Fuel at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.
The game had been tied at 1 before the floodgates opened with consecutive goals by Fort Wayne’s Gabriel Desjardins, Ryan Culkin and Cody Sol in the third period.
Fort Wayne (8-5-2) has its first three-game winning streak of the season. The Komets have won 24 of their last 32 games against the Fuel (4-8-3).
Goalie Garrett Bartus stopped 20 shots for the Komets. Marcoux stopped 47 shots, including 33 in the first two periods.
The Komets came into the night having won back-to-back games for only the third time this season, thanks to a wild 5-4 Thanksgiving victory on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum over the rival Toledo Walleye.
The Komets took a 1-0 lead on their second shot – 2:05 into the first period – after Desjardins fought for the puck behind the Indy net to send a pass to Mason Baptista, who ripped a shot from the left circle past Marcoux. It was Baptista’s first goal of the season, in his 10th game.
Despite myriad scoring opportunities – the Komets had 17-8 and 31-17 leads in shots – things remained tied at 1 until captain Jamie Schaafsma passed the puck backward and between his legs, through the crease to Desjardins for a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead at 12:39 of the third period.
Since missing seven games because of a lower-body injury, Desjardins has six goals and eight points in five games.
Culkin netted a shot at the end of a 3-on-1 rush to give Fort Wayne a 3-1 lead at 14:57 in front of 3,888 fans. Sol’s shot from 42 feet out made it 4-1 before Neal closed the scoring.
Fort Wayne scored on 1 of 7 power plays. Indy was 0 for 4.