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Komets win in Arizona

Frankie DeAngelis scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Komets held on for a wild 7-5 victory at Arizona on Friday.

The Komets led 4-1 after the first period. But Arizona tied the game at 5 on a goal by Tyler Butler at 1:21 of the third period.

DeAngelis put Fort Wayne back ahead with a goal at 2:48. Stephon Thorne added an empty-netter at 19:26.

Colin Chaulk, Chris Auger, Tom Mele and David Starenky scored in the first period for Fort Wayne.

Jamie Lovell scored in the second period to stretch the lead to 5-2.

Luke Erickson scored the next two goals to bring Arizona (12-22-7) within 5-4 after two periods. Butler tied the contest early in the third and DeAngelis responded moments later.

Nick Boucher made 25 saves for the Komets (25-12-2). Center Brett Smith, who missed five games because of a concussion, returned to action for Fort Wayne.

The teams meet again today at Arizona.

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