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Reiter stops 42 shots in Fort Wayne debut

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 12:10 am

The Fort Wayne Komets bounced back by controlling their bounces.

One night after some tough bounces went against them in their home-opening game of the season, the Komets came back to take advantage of some good bounces and crush the Evansville IceMen 6-2 before 8,886 fans at the Ford Center.

``We've always been good on the road and we were good tonight,'' Komets coach Al Sims said. ``Everybody played better than they did last night. Everybody played great.''

Brandon Marino and Eric Giosa each scored two goals, and Kenny Reiter stopped 42 shots as the Komets won their first game of the short season so far. Chris Auger and Brett Smith scored the other goals for the Komets, and Daniel Maggio and Colin Chaulk each had two assists.

``All the guys that we needed to get going got going,'' Sims said. ``Kenny played awesome all the way through. He was solid in goal and never gave them anything.''

The Komets led 3-0 after the first period, with Gioso scoring twice, including on a short-handed breakaway. The Komets chased starting goaltender Paul Karopwich from the game a minute into the second period when Brett Smith scored off a Maggio assist to make it 4-0.

Evansville scoring ace Todd Robinson was held without a point in the game and finished minus-2 with no shots on goal.

The Komets, who are off until Friday's game at Kalamazoo, tried only 25 shots on goal.

``We have some new guys here, and we have to get them acclimated to the system as soon as we can,'' Sims said. ``This year it's going to be a teaching thing all year with new guys coming in and out. Having an affiliation, that's what happens.''

Before the game, the Komets activated rookie defenseman Scott Kishel off the reserve list and replaced him with rookie defenseman Jeremy Gates.