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K's surge continues

Backup goaltender Max Strang came into the game with 1 minute, 54 seconds remaing and the Komets clinging to a one-goal lead, after goalie Ben Meisner was ejected for shooting the puck into the stands after allowing goal.

Strang didn't need to make a save for the Komets.

The puck stayed primarily in the Kalamazoo Wings' end, and Brandon Marino got an empty-net goal, as the Komets won 4-2 Sunday night at Memorial Coliseum.

The Komets are on a 4-0-3 surge.

Chris Auger scored twice for the Komets, and Shawn Szydlowski also found the back of the net.

Kalamazoo's goals came from Eric Kattelus, after Fort Wayne had gone up 3-0.

Komets captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock sat out a second straight game with an eye injury, suffered in Friday's 3-2 victory at Toledo in a fight with Emerson Clark. Goaltender Andrey Makarov was out a third straight game with a head injury, which occurred when he was crashed into by an opposing player Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Wings.

Before the game, the ECHL fined Kalamazoo right wing Chris Lawrence an undisclosed amount for cross-checking Meisner as he fell to the ice Saturday, when the Wings won 2-1 in overtime. Meisner left the game with a head/neck injury. On the same play, Meisner received a penalty for delay of game. According to the ECHL, that was for freezing the puck behind the net, under Rule 67.3.

Notes: Komets defenseman Jace Coyle, who had four goals and 22 points in 32 games, was called up to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. … Former Komets coach Dave Allison attended the game. He is an assistant coach with the AHL's Chicago Wolves, who like the Wings are a minor-league affiliate of the St. Louis Blues. … Former NHL goalie Ty Conklin, who is the Blues' goaltending development coach, was also in attendance.

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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