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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 08, 2019 10:20 pm

Shootout woes continue for Komets

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

J.C. Campagna provided 100 percent of the Komets’ offense, but their woes continued in overtime shootouts as they lost 3-2 to the Newfoundland Growlers in the first of three straight games at St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Friday.

Scott Pooley, a native of Granger and the son of a former Komets player, netted the winning goal in the seventh round of a shootout in front of 3,542 fans at Mile One Centre.

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Campagna scored on the rebound of a Shawn Szydlowski shot to tie it at 1 in the first period and later snapped a shot from the right circle to just inside the right post to tie it at 2 at 10:18 of the second period.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland’s Adam Pardy and Kristians Rubins scored, yet the game went beyond overtime.

Fort Wayne goaltender Eric Levine stopped 29 of 31 shots against his former team. Newfoundland’s Eamon McAdam stopped 25 of 27.

The North Division-leading Growlers (31-14-2) were scoreless on seven power plays. The Komets (22-17-5) were 0 for 3.

Fort Wayne has struggled in shootouts and this was no exception. Campagna beat McAdam in the first round and Szydlowski, Brady Shaw, Marco Roy, Anthony Petruzzelli, Jake Kamrass and Jamie Schaafsma were stopped.

Fort Wayne is 1-4 in shootouts. It is 4 of 26 on shootout attempts.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland got tallies from Brady Ferguson in the second round and Pooley got the winner. His father, Paul, skated for the Komets in 1986-87, long before he went on to become an associate coach at Notre Dame.