Komets drop another game despite third-period lead

Ryan Culkin

For the third game in a row, the Fort Wayne Komets will be trying to win the 1,000th road game of their 66-year history on Sunday at Quad City. They’ll also be trying to break a two-game losing streak.

The Komets blew a third-period lead For the second game in a row, falling to the Kansas City Mavericks 4-3 in Independence, Mo., on Saturday night. Fort Wayne actually had a 3-1 lead halfway through the second period.

Before Friday’s game, the Komets were on a six-game winning streak and were 27-0 this season when leading after two periods. This is their first two-game losing streak since early-January and only their third of the season.

Ryan Culkin, Zac Larraza and Garrett Thompson scored for the Komets, with Culkin adding an assist. Fort Wayne out-shot Kansas City 42-32, but Mavericks goaltender Adam Carlson made 39 saves. Jared VanWormer scored twice for Kansas City.

The Komets had a big problem staying out of the penalty box, giving the Mavericks seven power-play opportunities — including three during the third period — and Kansas City scored two goals during the game with the man advantage.

After losing their first game of the season against the Komets 8-2, the Mavericks have won the last four in a row, all by one goal.

The lost was extra-painful for the Komets as ECHL Central Division leader Toledo lost at home to South Carolina 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night The Walleye lead the Komets by four points but have played two more games than Fort Wayne. The Walleye play at Brampton this afternoon.