Komets pound Fuel with five straight goals Desjardins, Perlini stay hot to lead the way.

A slow start wasn’t too much of a problem for the Fort Wayne Komets on Friday night as they blitzed the Indy Fuel 5-1 on the road. After Josh Shalla scored first for the Fuel, the Komets scored the next five goals, from five different scorers – Jason Binkley, Trevor Cheek, Garrett Thompson, Gabriel Desjardins and Colin Mulvey.

It’s the seventh time in 11 February games that the Komets have allowed the first goal of the game, but they are 4-1-2 during those games.

Shalla has eight goals goals and 10 points in five games against the Komets this season, and 20 goals and 30 points in 31 games against Fort Wayne during his career.

Desjardins had a goal and two assists and has eight points in his last four games. Brett Perlini is also hot with four goals and six points over his last five games.

One player who isn’t hot, is Indy goaltender Jake Hildebrand who is 0-5 against the Komets this season, but it’s really not his fault as Hildebrand has faced an average of 47.4 shots during those games. Despite the multitude of opportunities his teammates have allowed, the Komets have “only” scored 28 goals during those games. He’s got a 3.57 goals against average and .902 save percentage this season overall, but without those games against the Komets his numbers are 2.86 and .913.

On Friday night, the Komets out-shot the Fuel 45-28 including 20-4 in the first period. Garrett Bartus made 27 saves to improve his record to 16-6-0 with a 2.58 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

The Komets, 31-15-7 overall, will try to improve upon their 19-5-1 Memorial Coliseum record with games tonight against Wichita and Sunday against Wheeling. <br>

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Faceoff: Wichita at Komets, 7:30 tonight