Coincidence? Maybe not.
Since Brady Shaw returned from the American Hockey League, he’s scored three goals and totaled six points.
And the Komets have won back-to-back games, including today’s 6-3 victory over the Kalamazoo Wings in front of 7,598 fans at Memorial Coliseum.
Shaw’s return from the Cleveland Monsters has helped Fort Wayne break from its eight-game winless streak.
But this one didn’t come easy after Fort Wayne squandered an early 2-0 lead.
The Komets scored on each of their first two shots: Alan Lyszczarczyk fished the puck out from behind the net and snapped it in from off the right post 44 seconds into the first period; and Matthew Boudens carried the puck in from the blue line and sniped a shot from the right circle at 4:26.
Kalamazoo then pulled its starting goalie, Jake Kielly, in favor of Jake Hildebrand.
Patrick Munson got his first back-to-back starts for the Komets since first joining them Nov. 8. Munson, who stopped 34 of 36 shots in Friday’s 5-2 road victory over the Indy Fuel, has been the third goalie behind Dylan Ferguson and Cole Kehler, both of whom are contracted to NHL teams.
Munson allowed a breakaway goal at 7:15 to Matheson Iacopelli, who was set up by Ben Wilson’s steal at the Kalamazoo blue line, and Justin Kovacs tied it at the end of a 3-on-2 rush at 14:06.
While on a power play, the Komets regained their lead at 17:08, when captain A.J. Jenks redirected a blue-line shot from Jason Binkley. And Iacopelli tied it with a slapshot from the left circle at 16:57 of the second period.
Shaw put Fort Wayne up with a 30-foot shot during a power-play goal 48 seconds into the third period, and he netted a goal off a rebound for a 5-3 lead at 15:59.
Fort Wayne scored on both its power plays. Kalamazoo was 0 for 3.
Taylor Ross added an empty-net goal for the Komets.
Munson stopped 27 of 30 shots. Hildebrand stopped 28 of 31.
Notes: The referee was Alex Normandin. … The Komets were without Shawn Szydlowski for a second straight game – he was injured in the morning skate Friday – and the Komets also played without Shawn St-Amant, Brycen Martin, Connor Sanvido and Brad Morrison. … The Wings were without Dylan Sadowy, Brennan Sanford, Boston Leier, Zach Saar and Tyler Ganly, and they used two defensemen as forwards.