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Komets rebound with big win

A night after maybe their worst loss of the season, the Komets turned in their biggest win of the season.

Matt Firman scored twice. And Brett Smith had a goal, two assists and two fights in the Komets' 7-2 victory over the North Division-leading Cincinnati Cyclones at Memorial Coliseum.

On Friday night, the Komets suffered a lackadaisical 5-1 loss at to the Kalamazoo Wings. The fans booed. The post-game scene was panicked.

The Komets (25-20-2) left nothing to doubt against the Cyclones (26-16-6), though.

Donning pink jerseys for the second straight night – part of a promotion with the Vera Bradley Foundation to raise money for the battle against breast cancer – the Komets came out uncharacteristically well. They got a power-play goal from Smith, who was set up by Brandon Marino’s pass from behind the net, at 9:18 of the first period.

The Komets are 16-4-1 this season in games in which they’ve scored the first goal.

Smith’s goal was soon followed by a fight between Fort Wayne’s Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Anthony Luciani.

Later in the period, Smith fought forward David Pacan, who had taken exception to a ferocious Smith hit on defenseman Josh McFadden, who went headfirst into the boards but didn’t get a penalty for his trouble from referee Andrew Wilk.

In the second period, defenseman Daniel Maggio rocketed a shot from the blue line and Firman redirected it underneath Cyclones goalie Michael Houser for a 2-0 lead.

Just after Firman scored again, crashing his way to a rebound and poking it in, Smith and McFadden fought in front of the net.

And right wing Matt Syroczynski, playing his second game with the Komets after coming out of a retirement of nearly three years, scored at for a 4-0 lead.

The Cyclones broke the shutout at 6:04 of the third period, when defenseman Taylor Ellington scored from 40 feet out, as goalie Charlie Effinger was screened. But Fort Wayne defenseman Scott Kishel answered at the end of a 2-on-1 rush, and then Schrock scored for a 6-1 lead.

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