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Komets rout Cincinnati

After getting dominated early, the Komets scored six unanswered goals Saturday night and defeated the division-leading Cincinnati Cyclones 6-2 on the road.

Mike Embach led the way with two goals and the surge began when Jeremy Gates fought Anthony Luciani 2:14 into the second period.

Andrey Makarov stopped 26 of 28 shots for Fort Wayne (19-14-9), which is on a 4-1-1 surge.

In the first period, the Cyclones tallied 14 of the first 17 shots and got goals from Luciani and Josh Birkholz.

But Fort Wayne was a changed team in the second period and got three goals on their first eight shots. Sy Nutkevitch, Embach and Matt Carter found the net in the first 12:34.

The Komets outshot the Cyclones 14-6 in the second period, and both teams totaled 28 shots in the game, in front of 6,995 fans at U.S. Bank Arena.

In the third period, Jace Coyle made it 4-2 just 39 seconds in for his third goal in the last two games. And Embach scored 2:08 later.

Shawn Szydlowski’s power-play goal at 14:08 of the third period put Fort Wayne up 6-2. Fort Wayne has scored four goals on its last 40 power plays.

Cincinnati (26-13-2) got 15 saves on 20 shots from Joe Howe before he was pulled in the third period. His replacement, Rob Madore, stopped 7 of 8.

The Komets played without forward Chris Auger, who had a minor injury, but he was replaced by Dean Ouellet, who made his debut after signing as a free agent Friday. He had been with the San Francisco Bulls, who ceased operating Monday because of financial problems.

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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