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Komets blank Elmira

Brandon Marino scored twice and Ben Meisner made 33 saves for the Komets’ first shutout of the season, as they defeated the Elmira Jackals 4-0 on Saturday in front of 3,066 fans at First Arena in Elmira, N.Y.

The Komets, who won 4-3 there Friday night, finish their set of three games at First Arena today.

The Komets (17-13-8) are on a 6-2-3 surge.

Saturday’s game was delayed twice.

There was a 1-hour, 45-minute delay before the game because of poor ice conditions caused by the Zamboni, and an in-game delay because of a fire alarm.

The Komets got three goals in the first period to take control.

Marino scored at 6:20, Simon Danis-Pepin scored on a power-play at 17:12 and Kenton Miller made it 3-0 at 19:17.

Danis-Pepin’s goal snapped a string of 18 straight power-play opportunities in which the Komets went without a goal.

They were 1 of 6 on power plays Saturday, and they’ve scored on two of their last 33.

Marino, who came into the night second in the ECHL with 18 goals and first with 47.points, made it 4-0 at 2:12 of the second period.

Tensions flared late in the game – the teams combined for 85 penalty minutes – after Danis-Pepin got into a tussle with Rob Bellamy at 9:27.

Shortly thereafter, Meisner was crashed into by Corey Bellamy, who got a major penalty for charging, inciting another fracas.

Fans littered the ice with debris twice and the Jackals (12-21-4) were given a penalty for delay of game because of it.

Elmira’s Brad Phillips stopped four of seven shots in the first period.

Neil Conway played the rest of the game, stopping 17 of 18.

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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