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Komets alone in 1st

The Fort Wayne Komets are alone at the top again.

Chris Auger’s goal at the 12:31 mark of the third period sent the Komets, tied with nemesis Evansville for the lead in the CHL Turner Conference coming in, to a 4-3 victory Wednesday over the Icemen in Evansville. The Komets (28-13-2) now lead the Icemen (26-13-4) by two points and have beaten Evansville six of nine times this season – including five of the last six.

This time around, Auger’s score unknotted a 3-all tie in a seesaw game that saw the Komets jump out 1-0 in the first on Artem Podshendyalov’s goal at 14:10.

Evansville took a 2-1 lead on goals by John Ronan and Todd Robinson at 1:44 and 7:14 of the second, only to see the Komets regain a 3-2 lead after two when Brett Smith scored at 12:57 and Jamie Milam at 15:23.

Nicklas Lindberg then tied it a final time for Evansville at 10:50 of the third.

For the Komets, Auger, Podshendyalov and Smith all had a goal and an assist, while Chaulk had two assists. The teams were a combined 0 for 5 on the power play, but the Komets outshot Evansville 36-31. The Komets outshot Evansville 12-7 in the first period, and the two teams both had 24.shots on goal across the last two periods.

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