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Komets win finale

If you're a fan of the Komets -- and there were 9,919 of them at Memorial Coliseum tonight -- you must be wondering where this was all season long.

In the finale of their first ECHL season, the Komets got two goals from Thomas Beauregard, engaging in three fights, two of which left Wings players bleeding on the ice, and defeated Kalamazoo 4-2.

Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock began the final game of his fourth season by fighting Yann Sauve on the opening faceoff, retribution for the Sauve hit that separated Eric Giosa’s shoulder late in Friday’s 3-2 loss at Wings Stadium.

Later in the period, rookie defenseman Mathieu Gagnon finally found someone to fight – Michael Leone, who wound up bleeding all over the ice.

Kalamazoo’s Alexandre Grenier opened the scoring 3:34 into the second period with a shot from 23 feet out. But Beauregard answered at 7:09 with a shot from the left circle.

Jamie Milam’s power-play goal on a one-timer from the left circle – after the Wings got penalized for having too many men on the ice – gave Fort Wayne a 2-1 lead at 16:28. The Wings answered 44 seconds later, when Grenier tucked a rebound underneath Jeff Deslauriers.

Schrock was injured, shortly after that, on a hit from Brett Lysak, who checked him into the boards and came down awkwardly on his leg. Schrock had to be helped off the ice but returned in the third period.

A Beauregard goal from the right circle gave the Komets the lead at 11:20 of the third period, after which Garrett Klotz instigated a fight with Grenier. And Matt Syroczynski’s wraparound at 15:37 cemented the win.

It snapped a five-game losing streak for the Komets (33-35-4).

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.

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