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Komets defeat Florida

The Komets had lost back-to-back games since trading their captain, Nick Tuzzolino, to Elmira.

But maybe the bold move is starting to pay dividends.

The Komets defeated the Florida Everblades 4-2 Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, and Fort Wayne was led by the very man it got in return for Tuzzolino – defenseman Jordon Southorn.

He had two goals, and defenseman Joe Hartman and forward Brandon Marino had the others, as the Komets improved to 7-7-3.

The Komets lost to Florida 3-1 on Thursday and they lost 4-0 on Friday at Kalamazoo, Mich., while the Everblades (13-5-2) were able to rest in the Summit City.

Hartman’s goal 8:47 into the first period tied it at 1 and ended a run of 121 minutes, 5 seconds, in which Fort Wayne had failed to score a goal.

After back-to-back Southorn goals, Florida’s Mike Merrifield scored on a power play at 16:11 of the third period.

Marino cemented the victory by jabbing the puck through a crowd at 18:45.

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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