Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets defenseman Garrett Clarke, top right, readies to clear a rebound after goaltender Zach Fucale makes a save at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday night, and the Wichita Thunder's Steven Iacobellis looks on.
Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets defenseman Ryan Lowney, bottom, reaches for the puck while Kyle Hope, middle, battles for position with the Wichita Thunder's Tyler Elbrecht in front of goaltender Dylan Wells on Wednesday night at Memorial Coliseum.
Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette The Komets' Jake Kamrass, bottom, stretches for the puck as he's chased by the Wichita Thunder's Jakob Stukel, right, as goaltender Dylan Wells, left, looks on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.
Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Jake Kamrass, right, defends the Wichita Thunder's Colin Larkin in the corner at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets defenseman Ryan Lowney, right, checks the Wichita Thunder's Stefan Fournier, middle, into Fort Wayne goaltender Zach Fucale at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:50 pm
Another shootout loss for K's
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
The Komets had an unreal pass from Jake Kamrass to set up a Cody Sol goal. But even more unreal is their inability to win in shootouts.
They lost another one – J.C. Campagna, Anthony Petruzzelli and Shawn Szydlowski failed to score in the overtime shootout – and the Komets lost 3-2 to the Wichita Thunder in front of an announced crowd of 6,791 at Memorial Coliseum tonight.
Fort Wayne is 5 of 32 on shootout attempts this season.
With Wheeling idle, the Komets retook fourth place in the Central Division because of the point in the standings they got.
It was the 15th Fort Wayne game that has gone beyond regulation time. Only Rapid City has played more overtime games with 18.
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Of their games that have gone into extra time, the Komets have a 5-3 record in ones decided in 3-on-3 overtimes and a 1-6 record in shootouts.
Fort Wayne’s Petruzzelli had three chances in overtime from point-blank range, but he was stopped by Thunder goaltender Dylan Wells, who also stopped Szydlowski on a breakaway.
This was the first of back-to-back games between the teams, who meet again 8 p.m. Friday at the Coliseum on the first of the “Pink the Rink” nights to raise money for the Vera Bradley Foundation’s fight against breast cancer.
The Komets made a slew of moves before the game, signing forward Kyle Hope, acquiring defenseman Sean Flanagan from Greenville for future considerations, and waiving forward Ryan Siiro and defenseman Oskari Halme.
Hope, 25, recently completed his college career at the University of Windsor, totaling 11 goals and 28 points in 27 games his senior season. He had played two professional games with Lake Erie of the higher-level American Hockey League in 2013-14 but was scoreless.
Flanagan, 26, had 13 assists in 50 games this season with the Swamp Rabbits.
Siiro had one goal and six points in 33 Fort Wayne games. Halme had three assists in seven games.
Wichita scored the only goal of the first period, when Steven Iacobellis’ pass out of the left corner set up Jakob Stukel in the middle for a chance to fake a wrist a shot past goaltender Zach Fucale at 14:43.
Fort Wayne defenseman Sol tied it 2:16 into the second period, benefiting from an epic pass from Kamrass who skated along the boards to his right, then to his left, then back to his right before sending a pass across the ice to Sol for a one-timer at the far post.
Shortly after Fucale had stopped a Colin Larking redirection from point-blank range, Wichita went up 2-1 on another Stukel goal from 10 feet out that trickled underneath the netminder 12:30 into the second period.
Marco Roy, in his first game back from Laval of the higher-level American Hockey League, tied it at 2 by snapping a shot from the right circle above a sliding Tyler Elbrecht at 7:12 of the third period.
Fucale stopped 25 shots and allowed a shootout tally to Ryan Van Stralen. Wells stopped 44 shots.