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K's come back, beat QC again

Even a two-goal deficit and overtime couldn't stop the Komets from doing what they always seem to do: Defeat the Quad City Mallards.

The Komets scored three unanswered goals -- including Artem Podshendyalov's tally 3:02 into overtime at the i-wireless center -- and the Komets won 3-2 in Moline, Ill., on Tuesday night.

It was the sixth straight victory for Fort Wayne (34-17-3) over Quad City (29-22-2), and it pulled the Komets to within five points of Evansville for first place in the Turner Conference.

The Komets have 12 games remaining in the regular season, including tonight's game at Memorial Coliseum against the Bloomington Blaze.

Quad City came into Tuesday as the CHL's best team in extended play; the Mallards were 4-0 in games decided in overtime and 6-1 in games that made the shootout. The Komets, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 in overtime and 2-3 in shootouts.

The Mallards took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Jared Brown and Justin Chwedoruk, a former Fort Wayne player. Stephon Thorne scored for the Komets on a second-period power play and Jean-Michel Rizk forced overtime 9:39 into the third.

Goaltender Nick Boucher stopped 45 shots for Fort Wayne. David Brown stopped 39 for the Mallards.

Komets captain Colin Chaulk returned to the lineup after missing six games because of concussion symptoms. He was scoreless, minus-1 and had no shots on goal.

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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