The Fort Wayne Komets won the first of three straight games against the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday night as Kenny Reiter dominated in goal. Reiter stopped 32 shots in regulation play and then all four Cyclones in the shootout as the Komets won 2-1.
``The goaltenders at both ends were outstanding,'' Komets coach Al Sims said in a phone interview. ``It could have been a 10-9 shootout because there were definitely a lot of chances to put goals on the boards.
``I think Kenny Reiter was the difference. He looked like the Kenny Reiter of the first few weeks of the season. He was outstanding.''
Reiter struggled through December with a 4-3 record, a 3.94 goals against average and .79 save percentage, but he's 2-0 so far in January with a 2.41 goals against average and .912 save percentage. He has won five of his last six decisions.
The win cuts Cincinnati's lead over the Komets to three points in the ECHL's North Division with the teams playing again tonight and Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. The win also pulled the Komets into a second-place tie with Toledo which lost in Florida 3-2 after leading 2-0 early.
Brandon Marino scored for the Komets in regulation with assists from Brett Smith and Tyler Butler. Brayden Metz and J.M. Rizk scored in the shootout to help Reiter. The Komets outshot the Cyclones 41-33.
Cincinnati's goal came from Garrett Wilson on a first-period power play. Fort Wayne has won its last two games in Cincinnati and six of its last nine games overall. The Komets are 11-6-2 on the road this season.
``You can't win three if you don't win the first one,'' Sims said. ``When we outshoot teams, we tend to have success. To outshoot teams in their own building is pretty good.''
The Komets are 10-3-1 when outshooting an opponent, including 3-1-1 on the road.