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Overtime again

The Komets and Cincinnati Cyclones are going to overtime for a second straight game. They are tied at 2 at Memorial Coliseum, thanks to the late goal from Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski.

It's amazing how much better Fort Wayne looks when it starts carrying the puck in and not going for the 150-foot Hail Mary pass.

After promising to avoid the lackadaisical first period they had in the 3-2 double-overtime loss in Thursday’s Game 3, the Komets came out equally stagnant Saturday. The Cyclones tallied 10 of the first 13 shots, including one off the stick of forward Matt Tinordi from 25 feet out that went into the back of the net seven seconds after a Cyclones power play expired.

Forward Logan Shaw, one of nine NHL-contracted players on the Cincinnati roster (the Komets have one), made it 2-0 by skating in from the blue line while fighting off center Scott Fleming and wristing the puck in the top of the 1:00 into the second period.

Fort Wayne’s Christian Ouellet scored on a similar play 1:38 later, at which point the Komets had been outshot 20-11. That incited a flurry of offensive opportunities for Fort Wayne, which had 13 of the next 19 shots, but Fleming, Chris Auger, Szydlowski and Mike Embach were all foiled from point-blank range by goaltender Rob Madore.

Madore didn’t have to work much in the third period; Fort Wayne had only three shots in the first 10:00, when defenseman Matthew Maione’s one-timer from the left circle was swatted away.

Szydlowski tied it at 14:19 by splitting the Cincinnati defense – blue-liner Mike Dalhuisen was hurting from blocking a shot seconds before – and then faking Madore out of position for an open net.

Fort Wayne goalie Ben Meisner preserved the tie by foiling forward Josh Shalla on an odd-man rush at 15:40.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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