The third period was pretty hideous Wednesday, with Mississippi scoring 4 of 6 goals, but the Komets still escaped with the 7-5 victory over the RiverKings, in front of 7,036 fans at Memorial Coliseum.
"Sometimes you've got to win ugly and we did that tonight," Komets coach Al Sims said. "We've been on the other side, most of the year, of ugly losses. We know what it feels like, so it's nice to have something like this to happen to us for a change."
Cementing the victory was right wing Derek Patrosso, who beat goaltender Larry Sterling on a breakaway with 1:21 remaining.
Sterling stopped 6 of 8 shots, after replacing Alexander Pechurskiy, who stopped 18 of 23 through two periods.
Fort Wayne's Nick Boucher stopped 36 of 41 shots on his 30th birthday, as the Komets upped their surge to 3-0-1, best of the season.
- Fort Wayne scored on 3 of 4 power plays. Mississippi was 2 for 6, including two power-play goals in the third period. "Those things kind of happen when you start taking penalties," Komets center Leo Thomas said of the third period. "And that team over there has some guys who have been playing the game for awhile. We knew they weren't going to go down (easily). After the penalties were over, it was back to business."
- How great has the line of Thomas, P.C. Drouin and Sean O'Connor been playing? They combined for two Thomas goals and five points. Speaking of O'Connor, did you see today's story? Click here. In the last four games, the line has six goals and 12 points, with Drouin missing one game because of illness.
- aPod -- that's rookie forward Artem Podshendyalov -- drew rave reviews for his debut performance, which included an assist on a Frankie DeAngelis goal, two shots (not including the one that rang off the post) and a minus-2 rating. "Artie is a special player and I think you're going to see that as the year goes on," Sims said. "You saw ... what he can do and what he brings to the table. No one can get the puck from him. He made a deft pass to Frankie DeAngelis. He's a player who just came in and with his speed, he seems to just see the ice better than most players."
- The Komets are thankful they are getting on a roll before Colin Chaulk returns Jan. 7 because they feel like it's making the rich richer. "We've got a lot of options now, up front, with him coming back," Sims said. "The biggest thing is the leadership role. It's been his team the last three years, and it will become his team again." Sims wouldn't say whether the vacant captaincy is just waiting for him or not.
- DeAngelis validated his status as an all-star with a goal and two assists.
- Not including the goalies, only four Komets failed to tally points tonight -- Guy Dupuis, Keith Rodger, Craig Cescon and Olivier Legault.