You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Ice Chips

  • Komets affiliate with Avs, Lake Erie
    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.
  • Major signings for Komets
    The Komets bolstered their roster with a potential No. 1 goaltender, a former first-round NHL draft pick, a familiar face and player who should be popular with the fans.
Advertisement

Schaus nets OT winner

In overtime, center Colin Chaulk skated into the offensive zone and patiently circled before dropping a pass for defenseman Nick Schaus, whose 50-foot slapshot won it for the Komets 2-1 over the South Carolina Stingrays in overtime at Charleston, S.C.

The Komets (29-28-3) went 1-0-1 in back-to-back games against the Stingrays, who are led by the ECHL's top goaltender, Ryan Zapolski.

He stopped 29 of 31 shots, getting bested by center Jean-Michel Rizk in the first period.

The Stingrays (31-25-6) tied it in the second on a goal from Patrick Gaul, in front of 5,158 fans at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Fort Wayne's goalie, Jeff Deslauriers, stopped 25 of 26 shots while playing his sixth consecutive game since being sent down directly from the NHL byAnaheim.

Deslauriers had a glove save on South Carolina's 3-on-1 rush with 13 seconds remaining in regulation time to set up Schaus' winner.

Schaus was sent down by Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Friday, and he scored in back-to-back games for Fort Wayne.

The Komets are on a 3-1-1 surge, which has kept them seven points back of the Florida Everblades for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Komets have 12 games remaining in the regular season and are off until Friday, when they start back-to-back games against the Everblades, the defending ECHL champions, who have former Komets tough guy Brent Henley.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

Advertisement