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Power play comes alive; K's win

The Komets finally got their power play going – it scored on 2 of 7 opportunities – in a 3-2 victory before 5,945 fans at U.S Bank Arena, in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday night.

The Komets (20-14-10) came into the game with the 18th-ranked power play in the ECHL at 13.4 percent efficiency, and they had scored on four of their last 42 opportunities.

But their special-teams prowess extended their recent surge to 5-1-2 heading into today's game against the Kalamazoo Wings at Memorial Coliseum.

Komets forward Chris Auger opened the scoring 56 seconds into the game.

But Cincinnati forward Dan Eves tied it on a power play at 2:10, after forward Matt Carter was sent to the penalty box for slashing. The Cyclones (26-16-2), who have lost four straight games, were 1 for 5 on power plays.

Forward Mike Embach put the Komets back up with a power-play goal 8:26 into the third period. The Komets got another power-play goal, 7:10 into the second period, from forward Brandon Marino for a 3-1 lead.

The Komets outshot the Cyclones 16-1 in the second period, 31-26 for the game. But the Cyclones got a third-period goal from Jeremie Malouin.

Before the game, the ECHL fined Komets captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock an undisclosed amount for his actions in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to Kalamazoo. He got a 10-minute misconduct with 7.7 seconds remaining, after the Wings tied it, for arguing with the officials and, after the game, got a game misconduct for coming back onto the ice with no jersey.

Notes: Dean Ouellet assisted on the Auger goal and has tallied at least one point in eight of his last nine games with Fort Wayne and San Francisco. … The Komets played without Jason Dale (groin) and Simon Danis-Pepin (shoulder/arm). … Ben Meisner stopped 24 shots for Fort Wayne. Joe Howe stopped 28 for Cincinnati.

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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