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Friday, January 19, 2018 10:50 pm

Roy sharp in return, a K's victory

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Marco Roy was back from the American Hockey League. And it didn’t take long for him to pick up where he left off with the Komets.

He had a goal and two assists, helping the Komets to a 6-2 victory over the host Cincinnati Cyclones tonight at U.S. Bank Arena.

Gabriel Desjardins scored twice and Ryan Culkin had a three-point night for the Komets, who play host to the Allen Americans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.

The Komets (23-12-2) thought they had gained their second top-line type of player of the week when Roy returned from Utica of the AHL on Friday. But later in the day, Trevor Cheek was called back to Tucson of the AHL before he had even played a game with Fort Wayne this time around.

Roy had two goals in six games with Utica, on the heels of seven scoreless games with San Jose of the AHL. In 15 games with the Komets, he has six goals and 20 points. Cheek, meanwhile, had split time between Fort Wayne and the AHL the last two seasons but hasn’t yet skated this season in the ECHL.

It didn’t take Roy long to reestablish himself. His breakout pass began a 3-on-2 rush for the Komets that culminated with a give-and-go between Culkin and Desjardins, who netted a shot from the right circle for a 1-0 lead 2:27 into the first period.

The Cyclones (21-14-1) tied it 18:51 into the period on an unassisted Rob De Fulviis goal and teammate Justin Vaive’s power-play goal made it 2-1 at 1:59 of the second period.

Roy answered with a power-play goal of his own, sending a shot from the left circle into the top of the net at 3:42. Shawn Szydlowski put the Komets up 3-2 by getting to the rebound of a Garrett Thompson shot at 14:41.

In the third period, Culkin scored with a knuckling shot from the blue line, Cody Sol had an empty netter, Desjardins finished the scoring with an even-strength goal at 18:23 and Michael Houser finished his 29-save victory.