The Journal Gazette
Friday, January 03, 2020 10:30 pm

Munson stops 34 shots, K's snap skid

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Brady Shaw was back from the American Hockey League, so that helped. The power play was back, too, converting on 3 of 5 chances after going 1 for 14 over the previous five games, so that helped even more.

And Patrick Munson, getting a rare start, stopped 34 shots as the Komets snapped their eight-game winless streak by defeating the Indy Fuel 5-2 tonight.

Shaw and Brett McKenzie had four points apiece at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis. (Video highlights are above.)

Fort Wayne came in on an 0-5-3 slump, their longest winless streak since dropping 12 straight in 1996-97 in the Triple-A International Hockey League.

The Komets were without Shawn Szydlowski, who is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, but McKenzie picked up the slack by scoring the first two goals – both on power plays. The first came with him stationed off the right post and the second was a redirection of a Brycen Martin shot.

Stephen Baylis made it 3-0 at 16:59 of the first period, after Gage Torrel set him up from behind the net, and Shaw made it 4-0 by skating out of the corner and snapping a shot from the left circle high on netminder Charles Williams.

Chase Stewart made it 5-0 during a power play 18:48 into the second period.

Williams stopped 16 of 21 shots before he was replaced for the third period. Dan Bakala stopped all 14 shots he faced.

Spencer Watson had back-to-back power-play goals for the Fuel (16-16-1) in the third period.

The Komets (16-12-5), who are 2-0-1 this season against Indy, play host to the Kalamazoo Wings 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.

Will Petschenig (illness) was in the Fort Wayne lineup for the first time since Nov. 17.

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