The Komets earned four points in three games for week 5 of 2017-18 and improved to 5-4-1 and 11 points after the first 10 games of the season. The Komets moved into fourth place in the Central division and trail first-place Toledo by five points.
Wednesday the Komets clipped the Eagles in Colorado 4-3 in the only meeting of the year on goals by Marc-Olivier Roy, Shawn Szydlowski, Artur Tyanulin and Jason Binkley. Ryan Culkin and Zac Larraza each contributed a pair of helpers. Garrett Bartus earned the win in the Fort Wayne net making 19 saves on 22 shots. Head coach Gary Graham celebrated his 200th Fort Wayne and ECHL career win including regular season and playoff games.
In the only trip of the season to Utah, the Komets and Grizzlies split a two-game set Friday and Saturday. Friday Ralph Cuddemi scored the first goal of the game at 8:58 to give the Komets a 1-0 lead before Utahanswered at 12:48 to send the game into the first intermission tied 1-1. The Grizzlies solved goaltender Michael Houser at 4:59 of the second before Garrett Thompson pulled the Komets even at 7:34. The Komets rallied with a pair of goals in the third by Culkin and Jamie Schaafsma to take the first game 4-2. Houser earned his third win of the season making 33 saves on 35 shots.
Saturday Utah mounted a commanding 4-0 lead before the Komets threatened with a pair in the third before time ran out and the Grizzlies escaped with a 4-2 win snapping Fort Wayne’s brief two-game win string. Dan Maggio and Szydlowski marked for the Komets while Houser suffered the loss stopping 13 of 17 shots before Bartus entered the game in relief at 16:04 of the second period. The Komets only allowed three shots on Bartus the remainder of the game.
This week the Komets will skate three games beginning with a morning affair at division rival and leader Toledo Thursday at 10:35. Friday the Komets return to Sweetwater Ice at the Coliseum to host the Kansas City Mavericks at 8pm. After a rare Saturday off, the Komets will host their first of seven Sunday home games when the Tulsa Oilers visit for a 5pm faceoff.