K’s win streak ends in testy loss to Rush
The Komets’ winning streak ended at three games Friday night, 4-2, but the bad blood between Fort Wayne and the Rapid City Rush, old rivals from the now-defunct Central Hockey League, continued. And they meet again 9 tonight at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.
The Komets may blame their power-play unit, which scored on only 1 of 7 opportunities. The Rush was 2 for 3 with the man-advantage.
The K’s got the game’s first two goals : Justin Hodgman on a power play and Jason Binkley short-handed in the first 9:01 : but it took the Rush only 26 seconds to answer the latter goal.
The Komets (4-6-0) won Wednesday, but the game ended on a physical note when Rapid City’s Garrett Klotz sent Anthony Petruzzelli headfirst into the boards and got a one-game suspension from the ECHL.
The physicality carried over. There were first-period fights Friday between Chris Rygus and Justin Kea of the K’s and, respectively, Shaquille Merasty and Michael Turner of Rapid City.
In the third, things intensified when Rapid City’s Adam Marsh collided with Marco Roy away from the puck, setting off a scrum between Marsh and Taylor Crunk at 4:48 by the benches. At 5:57, a crushing check by Shawn Szydlowski set off a fight between him and Richard Coyne. But on the ensuing power play, Rapid City’s Merasty scored for a 3-2 lead.