For the second night in a row, adversity led to opportunity for the Fort Wayne Komets.
Playing without their top two centers because of injury, the Komets used two goals from Luca Caputi and 35 saves from Charlie Effinger to beat the Orlando Solar Bears 3-0.
``We played as a team tonight,'' Komets coach Al Sims said in a phone interview. ``Defenisvely, we were much better and we did a much better job in the neutral zone and in our own end of keeping them down. We wanted to get the lead again tonight because they have trouble playing from behind. They are not a high-scoring team.''
After being held scoreless in the last three games, Cuputi and linemate Ryan Lasch finally broke through in the second period with help from Tyler Butler. J.M. Rizk pushed the lead to 2-0 at 9:30 of the perid, and then Caputi scored again two minutes later.
``For Luca and Ryan it was like somebody lifted a piano off their backs,'' Sims said. ``They were responsible for all the offense, and they could have had three or four more goals. Those guys are going to play a lot better now.''
The Komets were playing without Brett Smith because of a sore groin, and captain Colin Chaulk suffered a bum shoulder during Friday night's win. Effinger was also playing for the first time in two weeks because Kenny Reiter had been playing so well.
``He got stronger as the game went on,'' Sims said. ``The first period he lost a couple of pucks in his equipment and stuff just because he hadn't played. In the third period he was the Charlie Effinger who played for Missouri in the playoffs last year. By the end, he was back on his game.''
Which means Sims will have to make a decision who starts today's 3 p.m. series finale.