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The Journal Gazette

Monday, February 11, 2019 1:00 am

Newfoundland 1 Komets 0

K's find backup goalie in OT loss

Journal Gazette

The Komets leave St. Johns, Newfoundland, with four out of a possible six points for the standings and confidence that Eric Levine can be a more-than-capable goaltender moving forward.

Levine stopped 31 of 32 shots, but the Komets lost 1-0 in overtime to the North Division-leading Newfoundland Growlers (32-14-3) on Sunday in front of 4,039 fans at Mile One Centre, where Matt Bradley scored the game-winning goal on a one-timer from the left circle.

Eamon McAdam stopped 33 shots for the shutout, the second the Komets have suffered this season – both coming in the last six games.

The Komets (23-17-6) play Thursday at Kalamazoo before facing the Adirondack Thunder at Memorial Coliseum at 8 p.m. Friday.

All three games at St. John's went beyond regulation time; the Komets lost 3-2 in an overtime shootout Friday when J.C. Campagna had both goals and the only shootout tally, and they won 3-2 in overtime Saturday when Jamie Schaafsma scored twice in regulation time and Marco Roy netted the overtime winner.

Levine, a former Newfoundland player who was in the Single-A Southern Professional Hockey League before Fort Wayne called him up because Zach Fucale had been summoned to Chicago of the American Hockey League, now has laudable statistics with the Komets: 1-0-4 with 1.96 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.

He seems to have supplanted Lukas Hafner, who was in net Saturday, atop the Komets' goaltending depth chart, though it's still possible that Fucale returns from Chicago and difficult roster decisions will have to be made.

Both teams were 0 for 4 on power plays Sunday for the Marvel Super Hero-themed game, in which the Growlers wore Iron Man jerseys and the Komets donned Captain America duds.