Garrett Bartus continues hot hand to help Komets beat Cincinnati

Garrett Bartus

During his three years with the Fort Wayne Komets, goaltender Garrett Bartus has become known as the team’s stopper, as in he stops losing streaks. After the Komets lost at Kalamazoo on Friday night, Bartus needed a major effort just to keep his team in the game on Saturday night.

After the Komets were out-shot 7-0 in the game’s first five minutes and fell behind 1-0, Bartus made 29 saves as Fort Wayne won 5-2 in Cincinnati. Bartus now has 14-2 career record in games after the Komets lose. He has won his last five games overall.

Fort Wayne has won six of its last seven games, out-scoring opponents 17-7 during third periods. The Komets got third-period goals from Ryan Lowney, Gabriel Desjardins and Jamie Schaafsma on Saturday night to pull away after building a 2-1 lead on second-period goals by Marc-Olivier Roy and Logan Nelson.

The ECHL’s top scoring team, the Komets have scored at least four goals in seven consecutive games.

The Komets played 12 games during January — eight on the road — and finished 7-5, their 10th consecutive winning month. Last time they had a losing month was November 2015 when they finished 5-6-1 which is also their only losing month in five seasons with Gary Graham as coach.

The February schedule, which starts Friday at home against Rapid City, includes eight home games and four road contests.