Komets start second half with win at Cincinnati

Gabriel Desjardins

For the first time in five tries, the Fort Wayne Komets beat the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday night. Gabriel Desjardins scored two goals and Shawn Szydlowski, Ryan Culkin and Marco-Olivier Roy each had a goal and two assists as the Komets won 6-2.

The win pushes the Komets five points up on the Cyclones for second place in the ECHL’s Central Division. Michael Houser also made 29 saves to improve his record to 17-8-2 as the Komets won their second game in a row and started the season’s second half off with a victory.

The Komets come home for just their third and fourth home games of the month over the next two nights against Allen from the Mountain Division. The Americans lost 6-3 at Indy on Friday night.

Many Komets fans remember the 2016 playoff series against the Americans which Allen won in five games. The Americans no longer have Gary Steffes or Chad Costello, but Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Eric Roy, David Makowski, Spencer Asuchak and Mike Gunn remain from that series. Goaltender Riley Gill has played only two games this season. The Komets have Shawn Szydlowski, Jamie Schaafsma, Cody Sol and Garrett Thompson, with Taylor Crunk on injured reserve. Steve Martinson is in his sixth season as the Americans’ coach and has led them to four championships.

Shawn Szydlowski scored his 20th goal of the season during the second period Friday night to reach the milestone for the fourth consecutive season. During five seasons in Fort Wayne, Szydloski has scored 129 goals and 283 points in 264 games. Including 45 playoff games, Szydlowski has scored 149 goals as a Komet with 328 points.

With one more goal, Szydlowski will tie legend Dale Baldwin for 20th on the team’s all-time list. He’s currently 27th in career points.