Komets move closer to division lead

With a 4-0-2 record in their last six games, the Fort Wayne Komets are making a move up the North Division and Eastern Conference standings. With 52 points, the Komets are tied with Evansville for third place in the division, just four points behind Kalamazoo, and tied for sixth in the conference.


Fort Wayne opened a three-game weekend with a 3-2 overtime loss to Kalamazoo on Friday. Jordon Southorn scored both of the Komets’ goals while Mike Embach picked up an assist on both tallies.


On Saturday, the Komets traveled to Cincinnati and skated away with a 3-2 victory. Chris Auger and Brandon Marino both had a goal and an assist in the win and Ben Meisner picked up the win in goal, stopping 24 Cincinnati shots.


The Komets returned home on Sunday and avenged Friday’s loss with a 5-2 win against Kalamazoo. After falling behind 1-0 midway through the first period, Fort Wayne reeled off four straight goals to take control of the game. Auger scored three of the four goals in that span to record the team’s second hat trick of the season, while Matt Carter and Dean Ouellet also tallied for Fort Wayne in the win. Marino added three assists for the Komets while Andrey Makarov recorded the win in net with 27 saves.


Marino leads the ECHL with 39 assists and 58 points in 45 games this season while Auger is teid for the league lead with 22 goals and his 38 points are tied for 13th overall. Jace Coyle is tied for fifth among ECHL defensemen with 26 points (7g-19a) and Scott Fleming, who is currently loaned to Worcester of the American Hockey League, ranks second among rookies with 34 points (11g-23a).


Fort Wayne has a busy schedule ahead this week with four games in five nights, starting on Wednesday at Cincinnati. The Komets return home for the back end of the home-and-home series with the Cyclones on Friday before traveling to Kalamazoo on Saturday. Fort Wayne ends the week at home against Wheeling on Sunday.