Komets drop road thriller to end winning streak

Trevor Cheek

For the first time all season, the Fort Wayne Komets have lost a game when they were leading after two periods.

The Komets gave up two third-period goals to the Kansas City Mavericks on Friday night and lost 3-2 in Independence, Mo. That ends Fort Wayne’s six-game winning streak, a five-game road winning streak and pushes the Komets three points behind Toledo for the ECHL Central Division lead. The Walleye have played two more games than the Komets who have 17 games remaining on the schedule.

After a first-period goal by Marc-Olivier Roy, the Komets built a 2-1 lead in the second period on a goal by Justin Hodgman with 5:53 left. That lead lasted six minutes into the third period as Mark Cooper scored his second of the game for the Mavericks. The Mavericks out-shot the Komets 14-8 during the third period and kept the pressure on until Corey Durocher scored on a rebound with 54 seconds remaining.

Fort Wayne goaltender Garrett Bartus made 27 saves, suffering his first regulation loss in his last 11 games. It’s the first time in 12 games that the Komets have been out-shot by an opponent. Hodgman has scored four goals in his last five games, and Roy has scored 12 points over his last 11 games. Artie Tyanulin has six points over his last four games, and Trevor Cheek has nine goals and 15 points over his last 11 games.

Toledo won at home 4-2 against South Carolina.

The Komets won’t have to wait long for a rematch with the Mavericks as the teams meet again at 8:05 p.m. The Komets continue their five-game road trip Sunday at Quad City.