Komets take over first place with Indy win

Komets forward Artie Tyanulin battles with Indy defenseman Brandon Anselmini for the puck during the first period Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Indy Fuel/Whiteshark Photography)

For the second time this season, the Fort Wayne Komets hold first place in the ECHL’s Central Division. The Komets plastered the Indy Fuel 5-3 in the state capital Tuesday night to slide one point past idle Toledo for the division lead.

The Komets have won five games in a row, tying their season-best winning streak. They’ll try to extend it to six Friday night in Kalamazoo. They might have to try to regain first place again, as Toledo plays at Reading on Wednesday night.

Fort Wayne is 5-1 against Indy this season, 13-2 over the past two seasons, and 28-6-3 over the past five seasons, including 14-5-0 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

The Komets have scored 25 goals over the five-game win streak, and Shawn Szydlowski got an assist to tie Allen’s Casey Pierro-Zabotel for the league lead with 47 points. Ironically, Szydlowski was the only Komet who did not get a shot on goal during Wednesday’s game. Tyanulin and Marc-Olivier Roy led that category with six teach.

Garrett Bartus made 30 saves in goal to win his fourth straight game as the Komets out-shot the Fuel 41-33. Artie Tyanulin was the top offensive producer with a goal and two assists. Bobby Shea, Justin MacDonald, Mason Baptista and Dennis Kravchenko also scored goals for Fort Wayne. Kravchenko had a goal and an assist, while Trevor Cheek had an assist in his first game this season with the Komets.