The Komets just aren't good in overtime shootouts. Their 5-4 loss to the Evansville IceMen tonight dropped their record in shootouts to 2-5.
"We're not built for shootouts, I can tell you that right now. We don't have enough skill on our hockey team to go to shootouts and expect to win," said Komets coach Al Sims, whose team has scored on only 10 of 41 shootout attempts this season, while opponents have scored on 16 of 40.
"Anybody who watches shootouts, watches other forwards in the shootouts and then our guys, sees we're not built to win in shootouts. We've won a couple, yeah, but it's not our forte."
At least the Komets, who are 4-0 in overtime, won't have to deal with shootouts in the playoffs.
But the question is: Will the Komets have the top seed in the Turner Conference?
Fort Wayne is one point behind Evansville, though the teams meet again Saturday at the Coliseum.
"We need a better start," Lincoln Kaleigh Scrock said. "That's a team that if you give them 20 minutes, they're going to beat you. That's what we did (Friday). … We were good enough to come back and get a point, which is great, but if we can win (tonight), we're a point ahead of them and have out destiny in our own hands with (six games remaining)."
The Komets gave up two goals on Evansville's first four shots and trailed 3-0 by the first intermission, on tallies from John Ronan, Josh Beaulieu and Malcolm Gwilliam.
Fort Wayne goaltender Nick Boucher was yanked after the period, having stopped 7 of 10 shots. His replacement, Gerry Festa, stopped 21 of 22.
The Komets were energized in the second period. Brett Smith, who had led the Komets with 18 goals and 55 points in 47 games before missing six games with a shoulder injury, got the comeback started by scoring off a rebound at the end of a 2-on-1 rush at 3:34.
Thirteen seconds later, Jean-Michel Rizk put a 40-foot shot above the shoulder of IceMen goalie Brian Gillis. The franchise record for fastest back-to-back goals is five seconds, set in 1972 and equaled in 1990.
A terrific pass from behind the net by defenseman Brent Henley set up Schrock for a one-timer goal and a 3-3 score at 13:22.
Matt Gens' power-play goal, on a shot from 50 feet out, put the IceMen back up at 2:57 of the third period. But Colin Chaulk tied it at 5:18, capitalizing on a turnover forced by Artem Podshendyalov.