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K’s crushed 11-0 by Walleye

March 3, 2019

It’s been a season of many lows for the Komets. However, short of missing the playoffs, it’s tough to imagine there would be anything worse than this.

The Komets suffered a dispiriting 11-0 loss to their bitter rival, the Toledo Walleye, in front of 8,305 fans at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, tonight.

Dylan Sadowy had two goals and four points for the Walleye, which got at least one point from every skater but one. Greg Wolfe also scored twice.

Goaltender Pat Nagle stopped 34 shots to shut out his former team.

Zach Fucale, the starter for Fort Wayne, allowed three goals on the first eight shots he faced and finished with 10 saves on 13 shots. His backup, Eric Levine, stopped 18 of 26 shots over two periods.

Luckily for the Komets (26-19-9), they remain tied with Kalamazoo for third place in the Central Division because the Wings lost to sixth-place Indy. Fifth-place Wheeling, which the Komets face at 3 p.m. Sunday in West Virginia, lost to pace-setting Cincinnati in overtime.

The Komets’ winning streak was halted at three games. Toledo (32-15-8), which is second in the division, snapped a three-game winless streak.

It’s the third time in their last 14 games that the Komets have failed to score a goal. As for their defense, this season they’ve had a 10-8 loss to Kalamazoo on Jan. 16 and an 8-2 loss to Adirondack on Feb. 15.

Justin Hodgman was minus-6 for Fort Wayne on Saturday. Ryan Lowney was minus-5. Toledo scored on 1 of 5 power plays; Fort Wayne was 0 for 5.

The most lopsided road loss in Komets history came Nov. 27, 1955, when the Komets lost 14-1 at Cincinnati.

jcohn@jg.net