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Komets drop another road game to end weekend

Trevor Cheek
Trevor Cheek
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Sunday, March 19, 2017 02:24 pm
Despite getting eight power-play chances and out-shooting the Brampton Beast 30-24, the Fort Wayne Komets lost a 1-0 decision on the road Sunday. The Beast scored at the end of the second period when Luke Pither's shot squeezed out of the top of Pat Nagle's glove, rolled down his back and into the goal. The Komets could not solve Beast goaltender Zachary Fucale who earned his fourth shutout of the season for the Eastern Division leaders. It's the first tine the Komets have been shutout since Jan. 10, 2016 at Quad City, a string of 101 regular-season games. Fort Wayne hasn't been shut out at home since Feb. 24, 2013 against Wheeling, a string of  157 games.

The longest non-shutout streak in team history is 233 games from Oct. 24, 1992 to Jan. 27, 1995, and the longest non-shutout home streak was 433 games from March 19, 1975 to Feb. 17, 1986.

Shawn Szydlowski and Trevor Cheek led the Fort Wayne offense with five shots each. The Komets had a power play with 5:46 remaining, but forward Mike Embach retaliated against Brampton's Luc-Olivier Blain to receive a slashing call with 4:22 remaining and end the threat.

Despite the loss, the Komets are 9-2-2 over their last 13 games and 15-4-3 over their last 22 games. Six of their last seven losses have been by one goal. Fort Wayne finishes 1-3-1 against Brampton this season, and four of the five games were decided by one-goal.

Fort Wayne leads the ECHL with a 24-5-1 home record but is only 13-12-6 on the road.

The Komets are off until Wednesday when they host Norfolk to start a string of 11 games in 18 days to close the regular season.

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