The Komets and the Cincinnati Cyclones picked up where they left off during the playoffs – with a good bit of hatred – but this time the Cyclones ended up with a victory.
Spencer Dorowicz broke open what had been a tied game, scoring back-to-back goals to lead the Cyclones to a 5-2 victory in front of an announced crowd of 7,377 fans at U.S. Bank Arena in Ohio on Saturday night.
It was tied at 2 before Dorowicz netted a shot from the left circle 9:11 into the second period for the Cyclones, playing their season opener.
After Fort Wayne goaltender Zach Fucale foiled a 3-on-1 rush, Dorowicz netted a 20-foot shot for a 4-2 lead at 3:58 of the third period.
Arvin Atwal cemented the victory with his second goal of the night, an empty-netter at 18:05, after Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham had pulled Fucale for a 6-on-4 power play.
Fort Wayne's Taylor Crunk got a game misconduct and a major penalty for cross-checking after he went after Cincinnati's Adrian Carbonara following the final whistle, so he could face discipline from the ECHL.