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Komets crush defending champs

Led by two goals apiece from Chris Auger and Brandon Marino, the Komets defeated the Reading Royals 7-2 on Dec. 7, 2013. Here are some of the goals and the fights.

Komets crush defending champs

Chris Auger and Brandon Marino scored twice as the Komets defeated the defending-champion Reading Royals 7-2 in front of 4,123 fans at Santander Arena in Pennsylvania.

Auger had three points and a plus-4 rating, as the Komets have taken three out of a possible four points so far on their four-game road trip.

Scott Fleming, Mike Vaskivuo and Mickey Lang also scored for the Komets (8-7-4), who got their first victory in four meetings with the Royals (10-7-1).

Lang leads the ECHL with 15 goals, two more than Toledo's Trevor Parkes and Florida's Matthew Pistilli.

The Komets play Sunday at Elmira, N.Y., where they lost 4-3 in an overtime shootout on Friday night.

Goaltender Andrey Makarov had 31 saves for Fort Wayne. Brandon Anderson had 24 for Reading.

Defenseman Jace Coyle had three assists and was plus-4 for the Komets.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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