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Komets rebound big against Cyclones

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Makarov saves the day after sloppy first period

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 10:29 pm

After Friday night's overtime home loss to Elmira, Fort Wayne Komets coach Gary Graham said, ``That's the thing with this team. If we want to stick to the gameplan and execute, we can beat any team on any given night, but if we start cutting corners, we leave ourselves vulnerable and that's exactly what happened.''

Saturday night, the Komets proved the truth of the first thing Graham said, beating North Division-leading Cincinnati 6-2 on the road.

Even more amazing, the Komets played absolutely horrible in the first first. The Cyclones scored on their first shot against Fort Wayne goaltender Andrey Makarov, out-shot the Komets 14-3 in the period and scored with four seconds left on a breakaway when two defenseman ran into each other.

But then the Komets regrouped, changed tactics and came back with three goals in the second period and three more in the third to crush the Cyclones.

``We all knew that we just didn't have a good first period,'' Graham said in a phone interview from Cinciinnati. ``Makarov was the real deal. He really kept that find manageable for us because that game could have been out of reach. He really did a good job of keeping us in it and our hopes alive.''

The Komets rallied to out-shoot the Cyclones 25-14 in the final two periods as Makarov made 26 saves. Mike Embach scored twice against his former team, and Sy Nutkevitch, Shawn Szydlowski and Christian Ouellet all had multiple-point games.

``The guys were moving the puck,'' Graham said. ``You get your confidence going and everybody's got a hot stick. That's what it was. We had all 10 forwards and all six D going and Mak who on fire tonight.''

The Komets also scored another power-play goal giving them power-play goals in back-to-back games for the first time in 30 games.

The Komets won five of a possible six points on the week and have won four of their last five road games to improve to 12-8-2 away from Memorial Coliseum.

Fort Wayne is off until Friday when the Komets host Kalamazoo at 8 p.m.