Komets lose winning streak in Cincinnati

Logan Nelson

The Fort Wayne Komets are zero-for-Cincinnati so far this season.

The Komets fell to the Cyclones 5-3 on Wednesday night to end a four-game winning streak and fall to 0-3-1 against Cincinnati this season. The loss cost the Komets in a couple of ways as ECHL Central Division-leading Toledo beat Indy 5-2 to pull three points ahead of the Komets, while the Cyclones pulled within one point for second place.

Fort Wayne has still won 12 of its last 15 games and is 9-2 during December.

Thanks to a flurry of roster moves before the game and some difficult travel as the players return from Christmas break, the Komets started the game short-handed. Goaltender Sean Maguire was called up to Tucson, Shawn Szydlowski and Jamie Schaafsma both missed the game because of illness and Gabriel Desjardins and Louick Marcotte’s plane into Indianapolis arrived late. Those two players arrived to play early in the second period. The Komets have also traded center Joe Widmar to Greenville for cash.

Artur Tynulin, Logan Nelson and Marc-Olivier Roy scored for the Komets who gave up three power-play goals. Nelson has scored at least a point in eight straight games.

This is the start of four-games-in-five-nights for the first time this season for the Komets who host Wheeling on Friday, play in Quad City on Saturday and host Toledo on Sunday in the traditional New Year’s Eve game.

Over the last six years in ECHL, Komets are 7-10-2 the game after scoring six or more goals.