DANIEL R. PATMORE / SPECIAL TO THE COURIER & PRESS Evansville IceMen’s Mark Cody, (18) and Fort Wayne Komets’ Kaleigh Schrock, (79) fight it out on the Ice at 19:59 in to the first half as Linesman Dan Cohen looks on in Friday nights game at the Ford Center.

Fort Wayne Komets Playoff Hopes In Serious Jeopardy As They Have Lost Five Straight

K’s Need Spark To Make Playoffs

Fort Wayne, IN - The Fort Wayne Komets (26-26-2) are in a funk. They have lost five straight and seven of their last nine and are in a free-fall in the standings. The K’s started the weekend in the last playoff spot, but have landed in the tenth spot, six points out and three points behind the division rival Kalamazoo Wings.

At Evansville:

The IceMen dominated the Komets Friday night as Evansville Goalie Paul Dainton stopped all but a Tomas Beauregard shot early in the third period. Marco Cousineau started in net, but was pulled 4:21 into the middle frame after giving up Kevin Baker’s second goal of the night. Charlie Effinger allowed two, but this was after the game was already decided.

Game Statistics:

SOG:

SHOTS 1 2 3 Total
team.teamCommonName
Fort Wayne Komets
13 19 6 38
team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
9 13 7 27

 Score by Period:

Team 1 2 3 Total
team.teamCommonName
Fort Wayne Komets
0 0 1 1
team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
2 3 1 6

Power Play Efficiency

Prd team.teamCommonName
Fort Wayne Komets
team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
1st 0-2 1-1
2nd 0-1 0-0
3rd 0-3 1-1
Total 0-6 2-2

Three Stars:

Star Team Pos/Name Stats
 team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
RW Kevin Baker 2 G, 2 A, +2, 3 SOG
 team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
 C Todd Robinson 1 G, 3 A, +2, 1 SOG
 team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
G Paul Dainton 1 GA, 37 SVS

In Fort Wayne:

DANIEL R. PATMORE / SPECIAL TO THE COURIER & PRESS
Evansville IceMen’s Philippe Plante, (24) passes the puck as Fort Wayne Komets’ Matt Syroczynski, (27) tries to get it away as Komets’ Eric Giosa , (23) comes up from behind to assist in the first half of Friday nights game at the Ford Center.

Evansville swept the home-and-home series Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at the Memorial Coliseum. This also marked Komet captain Colin Chaulk’s first time in the lineup in 32 games. Chaulk could not help as the IceMen used a strong second period to give the Fort Wayne faithful an unfortunately familiar feeling. Eric Giosa scored the first goal of the game. Brandon Marino disrupted a potential four straight goal for Evansville in the second. J.M. Rizk did have a penalty shot attempt in the second, but Dainton was able to stop it.

Game Statistics:

SOG:

SHOTS 1 2 3 Total
team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
11 9 4 24
team.teamCommonNameFort Wayne Komets 7 15 8 30

 Score by Period:

Team 1 2 3 Total
team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
1 3 0 4
team.teamCommonName
Fort Wayne Komets
1 1 0 2

Power Play Efficiency

Prd team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
team.teamCommonName
Fort Wayne Komets
1st 1-3 0-0
2nd 0-1 0-2
3rd 0-3 0-2
Total 1-7 0-4

Three Stars:

Star Team Pos/Name Stats
 team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
RW Kevin Baker 2 G, 0 A, -1, 5 SOG
 team.teamCommonName
Evansville IceMen
G Paul Dainton 2 GA, 28 SVS
 team.teamCommonName
Fort Wayne Komets
C Eric Giosa 1 G, 1 A, +2, 1 Shot

In Toledo:

The Komets finally looked like a team needing a win. Unfortunately the K’s ran out of steam against the division rival Walleye. Matt Syroczynski and Brett Smith scored within 20 seconds of each other in the middle of the first period, but the Komets could not keep the momentum going. Former Komet Stephon Throne netted an equalizer soon after and the Walleye never looked back. Brandon Marino notched his 18th goal of the season late in the third after Toledo scored a total of four unanswered.

Game Statistics:

SOG:

SHOTS 1 2 3 Total
team.teamCommonNameFort Wayne Komets 14 16 5 35
team.teamCommonName
Toledo Walleye
12 6 11 29

 Score by Period:

Team 1 2 3 Total
team.teamCommonNameFort Wayne Komets 2 0 1 3
team.teamCommonName
Toledo Walleye
2 0 4 6

Power Play Efficiency

Prd team.teamCommonNameFort Wayne Komets team.teamCommonName
Toledo Walleye
1st 0-0 0-1
2nd 0-0 0-0
3rd 0-0 0-1
Total 0-0 0-2

Three Stars:

Star Team Pos/Name Stats
 team.teamCommonName
Toledo Walleye
F Nino Musitelli 1 G, 2 A, +2, 3 SOG
 team.teamCommonName
Toledo Walleye
F Stephon Thorne 1 G, 1 A, +1, 33 Shots
 team.teamCommonName
Toledo Walleye
G Jordan Pearce 3 GA, 32 SVS

The Komets will faceoff against the division leading Cincinnati Cyclones Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST at home.

Tags: Anaheim Ducks Brandon Marino Brett Smith Charlie Effinger Chicago Blackhawks Colin Chaulk Columbus Blue Jackets Detroit Red Wings Eric Giosa Evansville Icemen Fort Wayne Komets Jean-Michel Rizk Jordan Pearce Kevin Baker Marco Cousineau Matt Syroczynski Nino Musitelli Paul Dainton St. Louis Blues Stephon Throne Thomas Beauregard Todd Robinson Toledo Walleye