Did Komets coach Al Sims expect this kind of production from Chris Auger?
"He's been a real surprise," said Sims, after Auger scored twice and set up the winner in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Bloomington Blaze on Wednesday night at Memorial Coliseum.
"Even at the start of the season, he was real slow starter, and that was after we were wondering if he was going to make the team or not. He's really a smart player, a smart player."
Auger leads the Komets with 23 goals.
In overtime, Brent Henley's 70-foot pass sprang Auger down the left wing, from where he shot the puck at goaltender Zane Kalemba. The puck ricocheted off the chest of center Jean-Michel Rizk and into the net, just before it came off its moorings.
Also scoring in the game for Fort Wayne was Leo Thomas, who ended a 20-game drought.
The Komets had played the previous seven game short of a full 18-man lineup but had a full complement with Jesse Bennefield back out there.
However, center Brett Smith, who leads the Komets with 55 points, remained out with a shoulder injury.
Because Wichita defeated Evansville 8-5, the Komets (35-17-3) pulled to within three points of the Turner Conference-leading IceMen (36-13-3).
Kalemba stopped 49 of 53 shots for Bloomington (19-28-7). Gerry Festa stopped 35 of 38 shots for the Komets, who are 4-0 in games decided in overtime and 2-3 in games that went to overtime shootouts.