Komets stay on upswing in Rapid City
Shawn Szydlowski had four assists for the Komets in a 6-2 win over the Rapid City Rush on Saturday.
The Komets (5-6-0) marched closer to the .500 mark having won two of three games at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, and four of their last five overall.
Goaltender Lukas Hafner stopped 38 of 40 shots, J.C. Campagna netted two goals and Justin Hodgman had a goal and four points for the Komets, who are off until Friday’s game at Cincinnati.
Before the game, the ECHL suspended Rapid City’s Adam Marsh two games for an unpenalized interference call in Friday’s meeting, a 4-2 Rush win. 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 with Taylor Crunk.
After Wednesday’s meeting : a 2-1 Komets victory : Rapid City’s Garrett Klotz was suspended a game for driving 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 Saturday. The Komets took a 2-0 lead 14:35 into the second period, after Jake Kamrass’ spinning pass set up Hodgman 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 returning from Norway to rejoin the Komets.
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).