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Komets continue comeback habit to stun Beast

<p>By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel</p> <p>Komets forward Gabriel Desjardins, No. 14, scores the game-tying goal with 49 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday night against Brampton. </p>

By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel

Komets forward Gabriel Desjardins, No. 14, scores the game-tying goal with 49 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday night against Brampton. 

<p>By Blake Sebring of The News-Senitnel</p>
<p>From left to right, Komets Kyle Follmer, Brett Perlini, Garrett Thompson and Travis Ewanyk celebrate Perlini's overtime goal that gave Fort Wayne a 4-3 win over Brampton on Saturday night.</p>

By Blake Sebring of The News-Senitnel

From left to right, Komets Kyle Follmer, Brett Perlini, Garrett Thompson and Travis Ewanyk celebrate Perlini's overtime goal that gave Fort Wayne a 4-3 win over Brampton on Saturday night.

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Sixth time Fort Wayne has rallied from 2-0 or bigger deficit

Saturday, February 18, 2017 08:36 pm
For the sixth time this season and the third time in February, the Fort Wayne Komets rallied from at least a 2-0 deficit to win a game. This time they scored the tying goal with 49 seconds left in regulation and then scored two minutes into overtime to beat the Brampton Beast 4-3 before 9,515 Memorial Coliseum fans. This was a gritty, gutsy defensive performance by both teams. The Beast jumped out on first-period goals by Brandon MacLean and Connor Crisp, but the Komets tied it by early in the second period on breakaway goals by Trevor Cheek and Mike Cazzola.

MacLean's second goal gave Brampton a 3-2 lead going into the third period. After killing off a Brampton power play inside the last five minutes of regulation, the Komets pulled goaltender Pat Nagle for the extra attacker, and Gabrial Desjardins crashed the net to chip up a rebound over Brampton goaltender Zach Furcale.

"We've had a lot of those in the third period this year," Komets coach Gary Graham said. "That's the neat this thing about this group. We have a sense of belief in the third that it doesn't matter how a game is going. It shows real good character in the group because we've been able to do that quite often this year it seems like."

Brampton controlled the puck early in the overtime before Brett Perlini picked it off and took off for a breakaway. He missed his initial shot but skated to the corner for the loose puck and skated back past the net where he scored on a backhander.

"We are off an eight-day road trip and I thought our guys played hard, but we just didn't have enough," Brampton coach Colin Chaulk said. "We sat back a little bit too much. We executed our gameplan nearly perfectly until 48 seconds left. We'd have been happy to get a road win and the two points, but we'll be happy with one."

Because of the rally and because the Beast came into the game with a 7-1 record over their last eight games, it was a big win for the Komets 8-2-1 over their last 11 games.

"I thought we got better as the game went on," Graham said. "It's good for our confidence to be able to beat better teams. There was a sticktoitiveness to the process tonight."

The Komets close out the weekend at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati.



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