Fort Wayne Komets Use Two Goalies in Blowout Loss.
Fort Wayne, IN – The Fort Wayne Komets (24-20-2) fell in an abysmal performance at home to the Kalamazoo Wings (20-20-5) 5-1. The Wings came out strong with a four-goal first period.
The Komets would like to forget the first period of play. The defense gave up a total of four goals. Starting goalie Marco Cousineau was chased after giving up the third goal of the night 16:50 into the opening frame. The Wings scored the first goal at the 7:15 mark by defenseman Elgin Reid. The second goal when winger Aaron Clarke at the 15:46 mark. Wings defenseman Yann Sauve scored the goal that chased Cousineau. Charlie Effinger came into the game since rookie netminder Kenny Reiter was recalled to Bridgeport of the AHL. Kalamazoo winger Alexandre Grenier closed out the scoring just about two minutes after Effinger came in net. Fort Wayne native Kaleigh Shcrock got tired of the scoring and tried to spark the team by dropping gloves against the visitor’s forward Harry Young with 13 seconds remaining in the opening frame.
The second frame was a little kinder. Effinger left in only one goal to forward John Armstrong. The Komets power play woes continued going 0-for-3 in the frame. Wing goalie Joel Martin was still outstanding in net.
The K’s finally got on the board 9:14 into the closing frame when Thomas Beauregard dangled a shot past Reid and Martin to get the lone Komet tally. After the game, the team had a closed-door, player-only meeting to try and figure out the reason for the poor play not only during the game, but at home in general.
“We’re not worried about getting fired up for starts. We were ready at the start of the game. We just didn’t play our game; there were way too many turnovers in the first period between the blue lines. And we were constantly chasing them into our zone instead of being in the offensive zone. We’ve got to play the same way every night to be successful and we didn’t play that way in the first period.”
– Coach Al Sims after the game
Power Play Efficiency
Score by Period:
|Goalie Joel Martin||1 GA, 35 SVS|
|Forward John Armstrong||1 G, 1 A, +3, 6 Shots|
|Left Wing Aaron Clarke||1 G, 1 A, +2, 3 Shots|
The Komets will face off against the division leading Cincinnati Cyclones (26-15-5) tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Tags: Aaron Clarke Al Sims Alexandre Grenier Anaheim Ducks Charlie Effinger East Coast Hockey League ECHL Elgin Reid Fort Wayne Komets Harry Young Joel Martin John Armstrong Kalamazoo Wings Kaleigh Schrock Kenny Reiter Marco Cousineau Thomas Beauregard Vancouver Canucks Yann Sauve