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WHEELING — Strong begins are at all times essential in the ultimate sport of a 3-in-3 weekend, and on Sunday afternoon a two-goal first third gave the Fort Wayne Komets the early enhance they had been in search of. Griffin Lunn scored his first skilled aim for the Wheeling Nailers however by that time the injury had already been carried out as Fort Wayne secured a 5-1 win at WesBanco Arena.
Two objectives in a 1:25 span gave the Komets a two-goal lead in the opening stanza. At the opening marker, Samuel Dove-McFalls delivered an ideal cross from the fitting level to the left aspect of the low slot, the place Mark Rassell redirected the feed up and into the highest left nook of the online. Fort Wayne adopted with a 2v1 onslaught when Matthew Boudens deposited a cross slot feed from Tye Felhaber.
Some vitality got here into play early in the second interval when Felix Pare threw away the gloves with Joe Masonius. Unfortunately for the Nailers, their deficit grew by one later in the body. Stefano Giliati undercut a cross to the highest of the online the place Joshua Winquist tapped the puck.
Tye Felhaber and Blake Siebenaler secured Fort Wayne in the third half when Felhaber flicked a shot into the highest proper nook and Siebenaler went towards the grain with a backhand. Wheeling was capable of spoil the shutout bid with lower than a minute remaining when Samuel Tremblay arrange Griffin Lunn for a one-timer, which he coated for his first skilled aim. The remaining rating was 5-1 in favor of the Komets.
Ryan Fanti clinched the win for Fort Wayne when he deflected 24 of the 25 photographs he confronted. Taylor Gauthier ended his four-game successful streak regardless of making 32 saves from Komets’ 37 photographs.
The Nailers will spend the upcoming weekend on the highway as they go to the Toledo Walleye on Friday at 7:15 a.m. after which journey to Indy on Sunday at 5:00 a.m. to face the Fuel.
COMETS 2, NAILERS 1 (SATURDAY)
Saturday evening on the WesBanco Arena was a goalie clinic because the Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets bumped into brick partitions in their respective creases. Colton Point, Ryan Bednard and Tommy Nappier collectively blocked 73 of the 76 photographs they confronted, together with an ideal 32-parry launch to Bednard’s reduction.
All objectives got here in the primary half and the distinction was Shawn Boudrias’ power-play aim because the Komets beat the Nailers 2-1.