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Marino's OT winner, and full game reel

Brandon Marino scores the 3-2 overtime game winner, on a power play, against Cincinnati on April 2, 2014, after Fort Wayne trailed 2-1 heading into the third period. The Cyclones had been 18-0-0 on the road when leading after two periods. The goal came against former NHL goalie Magnus Hellberg, who stopped 33 shots. Fort Wayne goalie Ben Meisner stopped 28 shots in his first game in two weeks. Video by Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette

Recapping big win for K's

The 3-2 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones was a big one for the Komets.

Fort Wayne (32-23-12), which is trying to avoid missing the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 1974 and 1975, remains four points back of Wheeling for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, in which the top eight teams will make the playoffs.

The lead over ninth-place Florida was increased to two points.

Check out the full video highlights above. This is a good reel.

Also, click here to see photos from the game.

On the winner, the ECHL's leading scorer, Brandon Marino, one-timed a shot from the bottom of the left circle into the far corner of the net, past former NHL goaltender Magnus Hellberg.

It was the first time in 19 such games that Cincinnati had lost when leading after two periods on the road. And the Komets hadn't exactly been dependable at Memorial Coliseum, where they are 13-10-9.

"It felt like we were 0 for 75 on the power play tonight, going into overtime," Marino said. "Obviously, it's frustrating and you can see it sometimes. Guys who are on the power play pride themselves on being good playmakers and guys who can get it done. Unfortunately, our power play has struggled this year. So, it was satisfying to get the goal. But more than that, to get the two points was huge because of how tight the race is for those last couple playoff spots."

Here's what Ben Meisner had to say, after playing for the first time in two weeks: "I felt good and I felt sharp. I communicated that with coach (Gary Graham) and told him coming in, 'I'm ready to get going. Watching is painful. Just throw me into the fire and I know I'll deliver.' It was nice to get back in there."

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