The Journal Gazette
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:40 pm

K's offense stifled in 5-0 loss

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets’ offense, which came into Saturday night ranked first in the 26-team ECHL, was totally held in check.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen had a 23-save shutout for the Cincinnati Cyclones in a 5-0 victory at Cincinnati, Ohio.

It was the first time Fort Wayne has been held scoreless since March 2, when Pat Nagle’s 34 saves led Toledo to an 11-0 victory in Toledo, Ohio.

After averaging 4.69 goals through their first 13 games, the Komets (8-5-1) had their winning streak snapped at three games in front of 5,783 fans at the Heritage Bank Center.

Jesse Schultz had two goals and four points or the Cyclones (9-4-1), who have won four in a row.

It’s only the second time this season the Komets have scored fewer than three goals, the first being a 3-1 road loss to Toledo on Nov. 3.

The Komets had suffered myriad injuries in their 7-2 victory Friday at Memorial Coliseum on Friday, so they were without Shawn Szydlowski, A.J. Jenks and Chase Stewart.

Almost as perilous as injuries were the penalties; Cincinnati scored on 3 of 8 power plays. Fort Wayne, which had scored on 11 of 25 power plays through its previous four games, was 0 for 5.

Cincinnati got power-play goals from Mason Mitchell, Schultz and Darik Angeli, along with even-strength goals from Ben Johnson and Schultz. The lead was 5-0 by 8:17 into the third period, when Angeli scored during a 5-on-3 power play because Jason Binkley was called for cross-checking and Markus Phillips for slashing.

The Komets were assessed 31 of the 43 penalty minutes by referee Maxime Primeau, and that included a 5-minute major for an illegal check to head on Fort Wayne’s Brady Shaw.

Matthew Villalta stopped 22 shots for the Komets, who play 4 p.m. Sunday at Wheeling, West Virginia.

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