Komets continue futility in Toledo

Dennis Kravchenko

A slow start and a slower ending killed the Fort Wayne Komets during a rare morning game in Toledo on Thursday. The Komets trailed 2-0 after the first period, tied it 3-3 during the second period but gave up three goals in the third to lose 6-3 before 7,509 Huntington Center fans.

The Komets are now 2-14-1 all-time in the Huntington Center and 3-3-1 in weekday morning games, all of which have been played on the road over the last five seasons.

Garrett Bartus started in nets for the Komets, hoping to improve on his 13-1 career Fort Wayne record following a Komets loss, but he was pulled early in the second period after the Walleye scored three goals on 12 shots. Michael Houser came off the bench in relief and also allowed three goals on 12 shots.

Christian Hilbrich scored a hat trick and A.J. Jenks two goals for Toledo. Dennis Kravchenko scored two goals and Shawn Szydlowski a goal and an assist to provide the Fort Wayne offense. Defenseman Bobby Shea led the Komets with five of the team’s 36 shots on Toledo goaltender Pat Nagle.

Icing the puck

During the pregame radio show, coach Gary Graham announced the Komets are expecting another player from Tucson, their AHL affiliate… The Roadrunners released forward Scott Allen from his tryout contract this morining. Allen, 27, played 57 games in the American Hockey League with Bakersfield last year, scoring eight goals and 19 points. At 6-foot-3, 198 pounds… Fort Wayne is 5-5-1 after 11 games, their worst start since Graham’s first season in 2013-14 when they were 5-4-2… The Komets raised $1,067 for Make-A-Wish during their Tip-A-Komet night at Applebees on Tuesday. They’ll have another one on March 6… Fort Wayne has another day game in Toledo on Dec. 6… Jonathan Sitarski was the referee for the fourth Komets game in a row.