Komets’ trip East yields three points; Desjardins returns to lineup

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Fort Wayne Komets improved to 42-17-4 and 88 points, with 9 games left in the 2017-2018 regular season, after a three-game road trip over the past weekend.

In the race for playoff positioning, the Komets hold second place in the Central Division, trailing first-place Toledo by nine points with three games in hand.  Cincinnati is chasing the Komets for second place and trails Fort Wayne by 16 points.

While the Komets have already clinched a playoff berth, any combination of five points, in points won by the Komets or points lost by Cincinnati, is needed to assure the Komets of home ice advantage for the first round.

The three-game road trip east began with a 5-4 overtime win at Reading Wednesday, followed by a 3-2 overtime loss at Adirondack and a 3-2 loss at Worcester in the only meeting of the season with the Railers.

The Komets announced Monday that forward Gabriel Desjardins has been released from a tryout with the AHL’s Laval Rocket and has returned to the Fort Wayne roster. The team has also placed defenseman Vytal Cote on waivers.

This week, the Komets will play the Kalamazoo Wings at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne Wednesday at 7:30pm. They’ll then travel to Indianapolis to play the Fuel Friday night at 7:35pm, before returning to Fort Wayne Saturday night to face the Wichita Thunder at 7:30pm. You can hear Komets games all season long on WOWO.

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