Quad City hands Komets their 3rd straight loss
Thanks to a 4-3 loss Saturday night to the Quad City Mallards in front of 8,137 fans at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois, the Komets have lost three consecutive games for the first time this season.
Kyle Thomas had three assists for the Komets to keep up his torrid pace – he has nine goals and 23 points in the last 16 games – yet there was plenty of blame to go around after the Komets lost back-to-back games in regulation for the third time.
Goalie P.J. Musico, who stopped 28 shots against his former team, bungled a play with the puck to give up a goal. The Komets allowed an abundance of odd-man rushes. And, after tying it at 3 on a third-period Garrett Thompson goal, Fort Wayne allowed the Mallards to net the winner just 46 seconds later on Michael Parks’ slap shot from the left circle.
The Komets (20-11-4) are in a 0-2-1 drought heading into a 5 p.m. game today at Memorial Coliseum against the Indy Fuel. The Mallards (19-15-2) snapped their six-game losing streak and won for only the second time in eight games this season against the Komets.
Adam Vay made 32 saves against the Komets, who were without team MVP Shawn Szydlowski (with Cleveland of American Hockey League, captain Jamie Schaafsma (lower body), Pat Nagle (ankle), Cody Sol (knee), Gabriel Beaupre (concussion), Bobby Shea (Rochester of AHL) and Trevor Cheek (Tucson of AHL).
Komets defenseman Jason Binkley opened the scoring 5:27 into the game by getting to a loose puck at the blue line, slithering through three defenders and putting a backhand shot into the far side of the net.
A Thomas pass that went through a couple of defenders set up Brady Vail for a breakaway goal and a 2-0 lead at 12:16. Vail has scored in three of the last five games.
After Quad City’s Justin Kovacs scored, captain Chris Francis chipped the puck from the blue line to Musico, who hesitated to make a play into the corner before Francis swatted it off his stick and into the net 12:50 into the second period for a power-play goal.
A 3-on-2 rush saw Quad City’s Andrew Panzarella make it 3-2 at 3:18 of the third period but Thomas circled the net to set up Thompson for the equalizer.
Indy (12-22-3) is on a three-game winning streak.