There were some nervous moments for the Komets and the 7,111 fans at Memorial Coliseum, absolutely, Tuesday night.
After mounting a four-goal lead over the league-worst Bloomington Blaze, the Komets allowed three unanswered goals, and killed off a late four-minute power play for Brett Smith's spearing penalty, and Fort Wayne hung on to win 4-3.
"Yeah, for sure there were (nervous moments)," said Komets captain Colin Chaulk, who scored for Fort Wayne, along with Jesse Bennefield, Artem Podshendyalov and Stephon Thorne.
"Any time you let a team in after a 4-0 (lead), it's not really acceptable. But, hey, we got the two points. After a three-day layoff (for the holidays), travel, family and busyness, we're happy."
The Turner Conference-leading Komets (17-7-1) improved to 16-0-0 when they lead after two periods. The Blaze (8-16-2) is 0-15-0 when trailing after two.
"I know we were up 4-0, but we were able to battle back against (their rally) and kept it going for the win," Thorne said. "We kept it positive on the bench. We just played defensively to find a way to win and that's what we did."
Bloomington's Zane Kalemba, the CHL's reigning Goaltender of the Week, was yanked in the second period after allowing four goals on 16 shots. His backup, Mark Sibbald, stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Fort Wayne's Nick Boucher stopped 23 of 26 shots as Fort Wayne won for the 12th time in 15 games. Bloomington has won five of its last nine.
Forward Chris Auger (concussion) should be back in the lineup Thursday, when the Komets play host to Missouri. Jean-Michel Rizk (groin) could also be back.
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