Komets trying to break three-game skid

Michael Houser

For the second time this season, the Fort Wayne Komets are trying to break a three-game losing streak.

Despite 31 sometimes acrobatic saves from goaltender Michael Houser, the Komets lost 3-1 at Toledo on Friday night to fall three points behind the Walleye for first place in the ECHL’s Central Division.

The Komets got a break as Kansas City beat third-place Cincinnati at home. Toledo leads the division with 47 points, followed by Fort Wayne with 44 and Cincinnati and Kansas City with 43.

Shawn Szydlowski’s goal with 1:02 remaining avoided the shutout, but the Komets were out-shot 34-25 as Pat Nagle won the game in net for the Walleye. Fort Wayne has not been shutout this season.

The Walleye took a 1-0 lead into the third period before Shane Berschbach pushed the lead to two goals with 12:01 left. Luke Esposito scored into an empty net with 3:35 remaining.

As usual against the Walleye, the Komets had trouble staying out of the penalty box, allowing Toledo six power-play chances compared to four Fort Wayne opportunities. All six Komets calls were minors.

The Komets have not lost four games in a row since February 2013, and they’ve never done it during five seasons under coach Gary Graham. They’ll try to break the streak at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Brampton. The Beast were off Friday night.