The Cincinnati Cyclones continue to throw a monkey wrench into an otherwise terrific season so far for the Komets.
Led by two Justin Vaive goals, the Cyclones improved to 3-0-0 against Fort Wayne with a 6-3 victory tonight at Cincinnati, Ohio.
It was only the second loss in the last 10 games for the Komets (13-7-2), while the Cyclones (13-9-1) snapped a four-game losing skid. Cincinnati goalie Jonas Johansson stopped 39 of 42 shots.
Komets goalie Michael Houser, who had been stellar in playing 11 of the previous 12 games, was pulled from the game by coach Gary Graham after just one period in which he stopped 5 of 7 shots. Houser gave up two goals – to Winston Day Chief and Justin Danforth – on the Cyclones’ first four shots. Houser’s replacement, Garrett Bartus, turned away 11 of 15 Cincinnati shots at U.S. Bank Arena, where there was a crowd of 2,107.
The Day Chief and Danforth goals came after Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski opened the scoring 8:47 into the first period. Szydlowski has at least one point in nine of the last 10 games, totaling six goals and 15 points in that span.
Danforth extended his point-scoring streak, the longest current streak in the ECHL, to 11 games. He leads league rookies with 27 points, including 13 goals, in 23 games.
Fort Wayne’s Garrett Thompson has also been on a tear with six goals and 10 points in the last six games, including a goal 7:12 into the second period that tied it at 2. But that was answered by Vaive at 8:58.
The Cyclones went up 5-2 on third-period goals from Jesse Schultz, on a power play, and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda. After Fort Wayne’s Bobby Shea scored his first goal of the season, Vaive answered for a 6-3 lead during a power play at 10:36.
Fort Wayne, which begins a home-and-home series with the Indy Fuel on Friday at the Coliseum, was scoreless on five power plays. Cincinnati was 2 for 4 with the man-advantage.