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K’s lose, Campagna scores again

December 2, 2018

 

J.C. Campagna keeps scoring, but his latest goal wasn’t nearly enough to keep the Komets from a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones in front of 5,248 fans at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday night.

That halted Fort Wayne’s winning streak at five games, which had been the longest active streak in the Central Division and the second longest in the league behind the Tulsa Oilers’ six-game run.

Campagna’s goal-scoring streak is up six games, the longest current run in the ECHL and tied with Utah’s Caleb Herbert : the league’s leading scorer : for the longest in the ECHL this season.

Myles Powell had opened the scoring for the Cyclones 1:39 into the second period, but Fort Wayne’s Justin Hodgman answered with a breakaway goal at 9:01. After back-to-back goals from Cincinnati’s Judd Peterson, Campagna scored 10:19 into the third period.

Cincinnati’s Jesse Schultz made it 4-2 with a shot from 30 feet out at 11:52 and Eric Knodel added an empty-net goal.

Goaltender Lukas Hafner stopped 21 of 25 shots for Fort Wayne (10-9-0). Jonas Johansson stopped 26 of 28 for the Cyclones (13-5-3), who avenged a 3-2 loss to the Komets in an overtime shootout Wednesday at U.S. Bank Arena.

The Komets played with five defensemen, after losing Cody Sol to a lower-body injury in Friday’s 3-2 overtime victory over the division-leading Toledo Walleye at Memorial Coliseum. Taylor Crunk took his spot in the lineup.

Cincinnati remains one point back of division-leading Toledo.

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