Auger’s hat trick leads Komets past K-Wings Fort Wayne defeats Kalamazoo 5-2

FORT WAYNE, Ind – Suffering their first loss in the month of February, the Kalamazoo Wings dropped a 5-2 decision Sunday night against the Fort Wayne Komets at Allen County Memorial Coliseum.

Earning their league-best 11th shorthanded goal of the season, Kalamazoo took a 1-0 lead 12:22 into the period with a breakaway marker from Justin Taylor (10th). Taylor’s goal was his team-leading third shorthanded goal of the season.757_fort_wayne-komets-primary-2013

The shorthanded goal was also the first special teams tally of the season for Kalamazoo against Fort Wayne.

Responding right away, Chris Auger evened the game at 1-1 just 1:05 later with his 20th goal of the season.

Recording the lone goal in the middle stanza, Matt Carter (13th) gave the Komets the lead by slipping past the K-Wings defense and lifted in a backhander over the left shoulder of Jordan Binnington.

Auger (21st, 22nd) helped the Komets pull away in the third period netting back-to-back goals in a span of five minutes near the midway part of the period.

Kalamazoo snapped a 0-for-27 drought with a man-advantage against Fort Wayne late in the third with a tally from Yannick Veilleux (7th), who extended his point streak to three games with the marker.

Just like they did in the first period, the Komets responded right after the K-Wings goal with a strike 42 later from Christian Ouellet (6th).


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