Baptista, Bartus carry Komets again Fort Wayne wins another one-goal game on the road.
Mason Baptista and Garrett Bartus are both staying hot, and that helped the Fort Wayne Komets win for the second time in a row in Elmira on Friday night. Baptista scored the game-winning goal with 1:54 remaining, his fifth game in a row with a goal, and Bartus made 24 saves and stopped a third-period penalty shot to win for the fourth time in his last five games.
The Komets are now 2-2 on a five-game road trip which wraps up tonight in Reading.
Fort Wayne took a 1-0 lead after the first period on a goal by Gabriel Desjardins with assists from Brady Vail and Curtis Leonard, but Elmira’s Casey Thrush scored early in the second period to set up a third-period showdown.
With Elmira’s Kyle Rankin sitting in the penalty box for hooking, Garrett Thompson scored a power-play goal 47 seconds into the third period to give the Komets a 2-1 lead. Baptista’s goal pushed the margin to 3-1 before Elmira’s Sebastien Sylvestre finished the scoring with 1:13 remaining.
Fort Wayne out-shot Elmira 29-26 and did a good job controlling its penalties, giving up only two Elmira power plays.
Reading, which won at Adirondack 5-1 on Friday night, is 11-3-0 over its last last 14 home games.
The Komets activated defenseman Cody Sol before Friday’s game after he missed the previous 15 games with a knee strain. <br>
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Faceoff: Komets at Reading, 7 tonight
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