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K's upend Kalamazoo

Goals by Mike Embach, Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Brandon Marino at Wings Stadium on Dec. 14, 2013.

Embach leads K's to win

Mike Embach's first game with the Komets was a successful one.

He scored the first goal, assisted on the second and third goals, and led the Komets to a 4-1 victory over the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Komets (9-8-4), who play today at Memorial Coliseum against the Evansville IceMen, finished their four-game road trip with a 2-1-1 record.

Embach, who was acquired in a five-player trade from Gwinnett on Thursday, made it 1-0 with a shot from 35 feet out during a Fort Wayne power play 7:02 into the first period, in front of 1,884 fans.

At 9:57 of the second period, Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock fought his way through a crowd of players and put the rebound of an Embach shot into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Embach's pass helped set up Brandon Marino for a breakaway goal, during a Fort Wayne power play, at 11:51 of the third period.

Kalamazoo (11-8-2) got on the scoreboard, thanks to a David Pacan goal, at 13:22. But the Komets' Chris Auger answered with an empty-netter in the final minute to cement the scoring.

Fort Wayne's Andrey Makarov stopped 34 of 35 shots. Joel Martin stopped 31 of 34 for Kalamazoo.

Fort Wayne scored on 2 of 4 power plays. Kalamazoo was 0 for 4.

The Komets are 1-1-0 against the Wings this season.

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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