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Peter Boyd had a hat trick – including the game-winning goal 34 seconds into overtime Saturday – as the South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Komets 3-2 before 5,281 fans at the North Charleston Coliseum.

But with a point in the standings, the Komets (31-23-12) pulled into a tie with Wheeling for the seventh playoff slot in the ECHL's Eastern Conference.

The top eight teams will make the postseason and Florida is one point back, after beating Cincinnati 4-0.

The Komets have six games remaining in the regular season, as they try to avoid missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1974 and 1975.

Fort Wayne's Jace Coyle opened the scoring 7:51 into the first period, but Boyd answered at 17:21 for South Carolina (39-21-6).

Aaron Clarke netted a short-handed goal for a 2-1 Komets lead with five seconds left in the first period. But Boyd answered 34 seconds into the third period.

With the win, the Stingrays avenged the 7-4 loss to the Komets from Friday night.

Max Strang stopped 27 of 30 shots for the Komets. Allen York turned away 24 of 26.

Both teams were 0 for 3 on power plays.

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