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Komets defeat Elmira

The Komets defeated the Elmira Jackals 4-3 on Friday night, and the Jackals were done in by some familiar faces in the first of three games in three days at First Arena.

Trailing by one in the third period, the Komets got goals from defenseman Jordon Southorn at 3:09 and forward Matt Carter at 9:32 to snag the victory.

Southorn and Carter were both acquired this season in trades with the Jackals for, respectively, Nick Tuzzolino and Mike Vaskivuo.

The Komets had lost back-to-back games coming in, including a 5-3 loss to Elmira at Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 17, but the victory improved them to 5-2-3 in their last 10 games.

Goaltender Andrey Makarov, who had missed the previous five games with a head injury, returned to the lineup but was the backup to Ben Meisner.

He stopped 30 of 33 shots but gave up two goals to Jordan Hobbs and one, early in the third period, to Jakub Culek.

Elmira (12-20-4) got saves on 26 of 30 shots from Brad Phillips.

Fort Wayne (16-13-8) also got goals from forwards Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, who opened the scoring 8:18 into the first period, and Scott Fleming, who made it 2-1 at 17:38.

Schrock fought Harry Young in the game.

The Komets were 0 for 4 on the power play.

They are scoreless in their last 18 opportunities over six games and have scored once in their last 27 over eight games.

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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