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.