Rookie defenseman Daniel Maggio, who was with Fort Wayne in the playoffs last spring, netted the winning goal in overtime, during a power play, as the Komets downed the Evansville IceMen 2-1 at Memorial Coliseum.
"It felt good to get the winner. I had a nice wrist shot on net and I had a nice screen in front and it felt good to win the game, for sure," Maggio said.
But the real standout was goalie Francois Lacerte, who stopped all 11 shots he faced in 1½ periods – the final one on a penalty shot by Josh Beaulieu.
Unfortunately for Lacerte, with Charlie Effinger and Kenny Reiter slated to be the Komets' goalies, his chances of making the team are miniscule. The same goes for Larkin Saalfrank, the Fort Wayne native, who stopped 8 of 9 shots.
"I thought Larkin played great for a kid who's playing college hockey at IPFW. He did very well and looked poised in there," Komets coach Al Sims said. "And Frankie Lacerte made a couple of saves that we thought were in the net, but somehow he got a piece of them."
The Komets also got a goal from Matt Firman. Daniel Tetrault scored for Evansville.
The players in the locker room felt they controlled this game -- and they did -- and there is an air of confidence now heading into the season opener, which will be Friday at the Coliseum against the Kalamazoo Wings.