The Komets won their sixth consecutive game overall and sixth in a row on the road Friday night, 4-1 over Bloomington. They'll try to stretch both streaks to seven at Flint tonight before hosting the Generals on Sunday.
P.C. Drouin scored a goal and two assists and Nick Boucher made 26 saves for the Komets, including stopping a penalty shot in the second period against Bloomington's Bill Bagron. Boucher had turned the puck over and in the ensuing scramble threw his stick at the puck. The Komets were leading 2-0 at the time.
“We just missed a goal at the other end, and then we mishandled the puck,'' Komets coach Al Sims said. “Then he missed the net on the penalty shot. It was a pretty big moment.”
The Komets also got goals from Guy Dupuis, Bobby Phillips and Matt Syroczynski.
Fort Wayne allowed only five shots on goal in the second period and out-shot the PrairieThunder 28-27 in the game.
“We played really well in the neutral zone and slowed them down,” Sims said. “They had trouble getting to the red line and into our end with any speed.”
Leading goal-scorer Leo Thomas returned to the Fort Wayne lineup after missing Wednesday's game with a sore knee, but Konstantin Shafranov missed the game with the flu. Komets General Manager David Franke also said Friday the team would like to hold David Hukalo out of the lineup until Wednesday's home game against Bloomington if possible. Hukalo is on injured reserve with torn back muscles but is just about ready to play.