Campagna keeps scoring in K’s victory
J.C. Campagna’s goal-scoring streak continues : it’s up to seven games, the longest in the ECHL this season : and he led the Komets to a 5-4 victory tonight over the Wheeling Nailers.
But it was not without its nerve-wracking moments in front of 1,446 fans at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia, where the Komets (11-9-0) squandered a 4-0 lead.
Campagna netted two goals and Jake Kamrass had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick : a goal, an assist and a fight : and Zach Fucale stopped 31 shots for the victory.
A nifty Kamrass assist : he spun with the puck in the right circle : set up Justin Kea for a goal from 35 feet out to give the Komets a 1-0 lead 4:23 into the first period.
Then, turnovers felled the Nailers. Fort Wayne’s Garrett Ladd stole the puck along the right boards and set up Campagna, who faked a shot and then scored from 15 feet out at 5:38. Another giveaway allowed Justin Hodgman to set up Kamrass for a goal from 12 feet out, and a 3-0 Fort Wayne lead, 15:32 into the first period.
Campagna’s second goal came on a backhand from the left circle, after he got his own rebound, to make it 4-0 at 18:44.
The Nailers (7-11-1) came back with a flurry of goals from Zac Lynch, Alex Rauter and Nick Saracino, but Fort Wayne’s Phelix Martineau scored off a rebound for a 5-3 lead at 14:49 of the second period. It was Martineau’s first game since returning from Laval of the higher-level American Hockey League.
Wheeling’s Cam Brown scored off a rebound 14:30 into the third period.
Wheeling’s Danny Tirone stopped 7 of 11 shots before he was pulled. His replacement, Jordan Ruby, stopped 16 of 17.
Notes: The ECHL announced that the 2020 All-Star Classic will be in Wichita, Kansas, on Jan. 22, 2020, at INTRUST Bank Arena. This season’s will be in Toledo, Ohio. The format wasn’t announced by the league for the 2020 game, but the 2019 will be a four-team 3-on-3 tournament with two teams made up of Toledo players. ...The Komets played without Shawn Szydlowski (illness), Cody Sol (knee), Jordan Sims, Craig Cescon, Chris Rygus and Aidan Muir. ... A fight between Fort Wayne’s Taylor Crunk and Wheeling’s Brad Drobot was broken up before it began just after a faceoff in the first period. They dropped the gloves to fight as soon as they left the penalty box early in the second period. ... The referee was Jeff Parker.