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Vaskivuo leads Jackals past K's

Former Komets forward Mike Vaskivuo scored the game's first two goals, and the Elmira Jackals defeated Fort Wayne 4-1 on Sunday, at First Arena in Elmira, N.Y.

The Komets' lone goal came from Chris Auger, trimming the Jackals' lead to 2-1 at 12:34 of the second period, but Vaskivuo set up a Jake Trask goal at 14:14.

Rob Bellamy cemented the scoring at 14:51.

The Komets (17-14-8) took 2 of 3 games over the weekend in Elmira (13-21-4), and they play next at Wheeling, W.Va., on Wednesday.

Before the game, the ECHL suspended Elmira's Corey Bellamy one game, and fined him an undisclosed amount, for hitting goalie Ben Meisner behind the net in Saturday's 4-0 victory by Fort Wayne.

On Sunday, Andrey Makarov was in the Fort Wayne net, after missing the previous nine games with a head injury. Makarov stopped 16 of 20 shots, while Elmira's Neil Conway stopped 35 of 36.

Fort Wayne was scoreless on five power plays. In its last 38 power plays, it has only two goals.

Elmira was 1 for 3, getting a power-play goal from Vaskivuo, who was traded to the Jackals on Jan. 6 with Nik Pokulok for Christian Ouellet and Matt Carter.

The Komets and Jackals have played four consecutive games since Jan. 17 – Fort Wayne has won two of them – and they play again Friday at Memorial Coliseum.

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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