Komets drop Kalamazoo, 6-5

KALAMAZOO, Mich – Falling behind four goals in the second period proved to be too much for the Kalamazoo Wings, as they dropped their third straight contest, this time a 6-5 decision to the Fort Wayne Komets.    
 
Sparked by an early power-play, John Armstrong (1st) gave the K-Wings the lead by netting his first of the season. Setup by a dump in by Kyle Page, Kory Karlander chipped the loose puck to the Armstrong, who was camped in front of the Komets net 2:36 into the game.
 
Pulling even late in the period following a K-Wings turnover, Jean-Michel Rizk (2nd) scored off a cross-rink pass from Brandon Marino. The assist extended Marino’s point streak to five games.
 
Prior to Saturday, the Komets were outscored 7-2 in the second period this season, but no one gave that memo to Fort Wayne. Exploding for four goals to start the period, the Komets went ahead 5-1.
 
Thomas Beauregard (3rd, 4th) netted the first two in the period for Fort Wayne. The initial tally came on a wrister between the circles 1:36 into the stanza and his second on a rebound.
Skating up the right wing, Josh Brittain (3rd) received a drop pass from Nick Schaus, who had assists on the first three Komets goals in the period. Brittain riffled a slap shot past Joe Cannata to extend the Komets lead to three goals.
 
Daniel Maggio pushed the Komets lead to 5-1 at the 14:31 mark of the middle frame with a slap shot from the right point. Also assisting on the goal was Colin Chaulk, who extended his point streak to five games.
 
Trying to mount a comeback late in the period, Darren Archibald lit the lamp for his team-best fourth time in the season with a power-play marker 15:26 into the period. Eric Kattelus increased his point streak to five games with an assist on the tally.
Less than two minutes later, Dustin Cloutier (1st) one-timed a Sam Ftorek pass past Marco Cousineau to cut the Komets lead to 5-3. Catching the Komets in the a line change, the K-Wings created a four-on-one rush, in which Adam Polasek (1st) would tip in a rebound with 10:22 remaining to bring Kalamazoo within a single goal.
 
Moments later, Cousineau would leave the game with an injury following a shot from Kory Karlander.  
 
Capping off a hat trick, Beauregard (5th) put the game out of reach with an empty-netter with 56 seconds remaining.
 
Bringing it back to a single-goal, Nick Sirota (2nd) tacked on a goal for K-Wings with 4. 7 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.
 
Cannata (2-1-0-0) finished the game 30 saves, while Cousineau left the contest with 33 saves; his replacement   Charlie Effinger (2-1-0-0)   stopped three shots and earned the victory.
 
The K-Wings will continue their season-long five-game home stand this Wednesday, November 7th with a 10:30 a.m. encounter versus the South Carolina Stingrays on Education Day, presented by Bronson Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Consumers Credit Union, McDonald’s and RxOptical.
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