The Journal Gazette
Sunday, November 25, 2018 12:00 am

What's changed with Komets?

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

So, what’s gotten into the Komets? They’ve won three straight games – that includes a 3-2 victory tonight over the Cincinnati Cyclones – and gotten back to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season.

“I think it was just our work ethic and just our sticking to a game plan,” J.C. Campagna said. “We talked all week, and we worked all week in practice, on five guys being connected and coming out as a team. We came out and executed that three nights in a row, and we came out with six points from the week and that’s big for us.”

The Komets are 8-8-0.

Cincinnati (12-4-2) came in leading the conference. It had also won five straight games.

“After losing both games last weekend, we had to take a look in the mirror. There were some hard practices and guys bought in. They competed hard in practice,” Komets coach Gary Graham said. “I thought it carried over to the games.”

Zach Fucale may have deserved a shutout in this game, were it not for the late two goals given up, which included a power-play goal off a shin pad and a goal in the final 10 seconds.

“I thought we played almost textbook hockey for almost 58 minutes of the game,” Graham said.

Fucale, who stopped 24 shots, is now 3-4-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and a .875 save percentage.

“He’s a workhorse. He’s working through that and he’s been good for us,” Campagna said. “Even in games that we lost, a lot of the goals were our fault. As players, we weren’t working together and we kind of left him hanging. It’s good to get a couple wins for him because he definitely deserves that.

As for Campagna’s nifty goal, which came from a difficult angle, he said: “It kind of came off the goalie’s shoulder and I didn’t really see it, and then it came through (two) guys’ feet. But Hodgie that whole shift, he was working to get open for me, and he did a great job. Once I got it to him, he threw it on net and I think we just got rewarded for working hard that shift.”

Justin Hodgman has six goals and 24 points, tying him for second in ECHL scoring behind Utah’s Caleb Herbert’s 29 points in 16 games.

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