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Komets win on road

Sometimes the road has a few U-turns in it along the way.

That’s what the Fort Wayne Komets learned in Evansville on Friday night.

The Komets were sailing along with a two-goal lead when their fortunes did an abrupt about-face. Evansville struck for three goals in the second period, forcing the Komets to score three times themselves in the third to make off with a come-from-ahead, come-from-behind 5-3 victory.

Bobby Chaumont did most of the heavy lifting for the Komets, scoring a hat trick including two of the three goals in the third period. The Komets trailed 3-2 going into the third before Chaumont scored at 2:23 and 16:54 of the period to save the day. Jamie Milam added an empty-net goal with 49.seconds to play.

Chaumont got it going for the Komets just 1:57 into the game to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. That’s how it stayed until Artem Podshendyalov scored again at 4:20 of the second to give Fort Wayne a 2-0 lead.

But Evansville responded with three straight goals, two of them from Brian Bicek, to take a 3-2 lead with one period to play.

The Icemen never scored again as Alex Kangas shut them out the rest of the way en route to a 29-save night in the Komets’ net.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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