Szydlowski leads Komets over Rush
Shawn Szydlowski had four assists for the Komets in a 6-2 victory over the Rapid City Rush on Saturday.
The Komets marched closer to the .500 mark : they are 5-6-0 : having won 2 of 3 games at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, giving them four victories in their last five games.
Goaltender Lukas Hafner stopped 38 of 40 shots, J.C. Campagna netted two goals and Justin Hodgman accrued a goal and four points for the Komets, who are off until Friday’s game at Cincinnati.
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Before the game, the ECHL suspended Rapid City’s Adam Marsh two games for an unpenalized interference call in Friday’s meeting between the teams, a 4-2 Rush victory. Marsh changed direction away from the puck, left his feet and collided with the head of Fort Wayne’s Marco Roy, setting off a fracas near the benches with Taylor Crunk.
After Wednesday’s meeting : a 2-1 Komets victory : Rapid City’s Garrett Klotz was suspended one game for being an aggressor when he drove Anthony Petruzzelli headfirst into the boards at the final whistle, inciting a fight with Justin Kea.
Campagna netted the only goal of the first period of this game. And the Komets took a 2-0 lead 14:35 into the second period, after Jake Kamrass’ spinning pass set up Hodgman for a goal from the right circle.
Just 37 seconds later, a shot by Szydlowski caromed off the leg of Campagna and past Rush goaltender Adam Carlson for a 3-0 lead.
Szydlowski, the ECHL’s MVP and leading scorer last season, has five points in three games since leaving his team in Norway and rejoining the Komets on Monday.
Defenseman Chris Rygus netted his first professional goal : in his sixth game, three with the Komets : by blasting the puck from the top of the right circle for a 4-0 Fort Wayne lead 3:55 into the third period. Back-to-back power-play goals by Cody Sol and Kamrass gave Fort Wayne a 6-0 lead.
But Hafner’s shutout bid ended at 14:53 when Willem Nong-Lambert tucked the puck inside the right post for the Rush (6-5-2). Carlson stopped 26 of 32 shots.
Hodgman has four goals and 19 points in 10 games this season.