The Komets held off a feisty effort from the IHL’s worst team, defeating the Quad City Mallards 4-3 in an overtime shootout Sunday in Moline, Ill.
Left wing P.C. Drouin had the only goal of the shootout, beating former Fort Wayne goaltender Sebastien Laplante in the second round.
Fort Wayne (9-4-0) has won back-to-back games, and improved to 3-0-0 this season against the Mallards.
Quad City (2-7-3) must be kicking itself, after forward Chris Lipsett missed a shot at an open net at the end of a 2-on-1 rush with 10 seconds remaining in the overtime period.
The Mallards opened the game with goals from forwards Mike Zbriger and Juris Stals, the latter one coming on a power play. The Komets’ power play helped them answer, with Drouin and defenseman Guy Dupuis both netting goals with the man-advantage.
Dupuis scored again at 9:16 of the second period to give Fort Wayne a 3-2 lead. But it didn’t last long; Lipsett tied it at 15:35 of the second period.
There were tense moments in the waning minutes of regulation, as both teams had power plays in the final four minutes, with the Komets’ man advantage carrying into overtime and Laplante foiling the only shot he faced.
It was the third game in as many nights for the Komets.