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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette The Komets' Louick Marcotte, left, shoots the puck past the Thunder's Travis Brown during the second period Wednesday at the Coliseum.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 11:40 pm

Culkin heading back to K's, more

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

I haven't seen anything official yet, but a source with the Komets tells me that defenseman Ryan Culkin should be reassigned to Fort Wayne from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Thursday. That would be welcome news for the Komets, who have had five defensemen during their last three games and, therefore, have been using captain Jamie Schaafsma on defense.

Not that it's been working out badly. They have won their last three games and outscored opponents 22-10. That includes tonight's 9-3 victory over the Wichita Thunder at Memorial Coliseum. 

Amazingly, the Komets trailed that game heading into the second period.

“We were getting too cute and fancy. We were passing up chances to shoot,” Komets coach Gary Graham said. “We told them, ‘This eventually is going to start biting us in the butt.’ … If we were going to keep playing that type of game where we weren’t going to be shooters, then we might not end up with a win tonight. This habit of us not shooting has to stop. Sometimes you can get away with it because we’ve been scoring a lot of goals, but in the tight early game, it was a matter of getting pucks to the net and crashing the net and in the second period we started doing it.”

Louick Marcotte scored for the Komets tonight. Ralph Cuddemi scored twice for the Thunder, which plays at Memorial Coliseum again 8 p.m. Friday.

Since the Nov. 17 trade, Marcotte has 10 goals and 22 points in 25 games with Fort Wayne and Cuddemi has 15 goals and 28 points in 32 games with the Thunder. Fort Wayne has a 25-9-0 record and Wichita is 15-16-2.

Video highlights from the game are above.

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