Player-Only Meeting Works For Fort Wayne Komets, For Now
Fort Wayne, IN - The Komets (25-20-2) responded to the player-only meeting after their 5-1 blow-out loss by doing to the Cincinnati Cyclones (26-16-6) what Kalamazoo did to them the night before. Charlie Effinger was strong in net for the K’s who started strong and didn’t let up.
Alternate captain Brett Smith notched a power play goal at the 9:18 mark to get the scoring started. On the ensuing face-off, Fort Wayne native Kaleigh Schrock and Cyclone forward Anthony Luciani dropped gloves. David Pacan of Cincinnati also tried in vain to spark his team this time against Smith.
The K’s continued their strong start behind a pair of Matt Firman goals at the 7:19 and 13:27 marks respectively. The 13:27 goal was assisted by Smith completing his Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Cincinnati starting net minder Michael Houser was pulled after the goal.
Fort Wayne didn’t take the foot of the throttle in the final frame. Matt Syroczynski netted his first goal since returning to the team 3:21 into the third. Effinger then lost the shutout at the six minute mark when Pacan score. K’s defenseman Scott Kishel notched his second goal of the year mid-way through. Less than a minute later, Schrock scored on a pass from Jean-Michel Rizk. John Dunbar ended the Komets scoring with just over three minutes left. Cyclone defenseman Taylor Ellington ended the scoring for the night about a minute later.
Power Play Efficiency
Score by Period:
|Forward Matt Firman||2 G, 1 A, +2, 8 shots|
|Goalie Charlie Effinger||2 GA, 34 Saves|
|Center Brett Smith||1 G (PPG), 1 A, +2, 2 Shots (Gordie Howe Hat Trick)|
The Komets will head out west to Colorado for three games against the Eagles. This is their only time facing a team from the Western Conference this season. The first game is Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. MST.
Topics: Anaheim Ducks, Anthony Luciani, Brett Smith, Charlie Effinger, Cincinnati Cyclones, Colorado Eagles, David Pacan, Florida Panthers, Fort Wayne Komets, Gordie Howe Hat Trick, Jean-Michel Rizk, John Dunbar, Kalamazoo Wings, Kaleigh Schrock, Matt Firman, Matt Syroczynski, Michael Houser, Nashville Predators, Scott Kishel, Taylor Ellington