Short-handed Komets end first half with a win

Bobby Shea

The Fort Wayne Komets ended the first half of their season with a 5-3 win in Brampton on Saturday, breaking a three-game losing streak. Bobby Shea scored twice, Gabriel Desjardins, Jamie Schaafsma and Garrett Thompson once each as the Komets avoided their first-ever four-game losing streak during Gary Graham’s five years as coach.

The Komets trailed most of the game before scoring three third-period goals. Fort Wayne has out-scored its opponents 55-34 during the third period this season.

Fort Wayne out-shot Brampton 45-35 as Michael Houser made 32 saves. Desjardins had a goal and two assists and Ryan Culkin had two assists.

The Komets played without forward and all-star game participant Artie Tyanulin who was unable to cross the border into Canada because he has an expired passport. Tyanulin will take statistics of 10 goals and 23 points in 20 games with a plus-7 rating.

The ECHL All-Star Classic will start at 1 p.m. Monday in Indianapolis. The four divisions will compete in three-on-three competitions. The game will be broadcast on the NHL Network.

The Komets finish the first half 22-12-2 which is very comparable to their first four seasons under Graham at the all-star break. They were 21-11-4 last season, 22-11-2 in 2015-16, 21-12-3 in 2014-15 and 21-11-4 in 2013-14.

With the exception of Tyanulin, the players now get four days off before they have to report for practice Wednesday morning. They’ll end their four-game road string at Cincinnati on Friday before returning home to host Allen on Saturday and Sunday.

The Komets continue to trail Toledo by three points for first place in the Central Division, while Cincinnati is third, three points behind the Komets. The Cyclones play at Toledo today.