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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Wings' Ben Wilson, left, tries to hold back Komets' Gabriel Desjardins as he shoots the puck during the first period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Gabriel Desjardins, left, and Wings' Kyle Bushee fight for the puck during the second period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.  

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Dan Maggio skates the puck across the ice during the first period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Marco Roy shoots the puck during the first period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Garrett Thompson, right, tries to get the puck away from Wings' Aaron Irving during the first period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.  

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets and Wings players fight for the puck during the second period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Kevin McKernan, bottom, and Wings' Kyle Bushee scramble over each other to get the puck during the first period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Marco Roy, right, pushes past Wings' Ben Wilson during the first period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets and Wings' players scramble after almost goal by the Komets during the first period of the hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:20 pm

Overtime penalty leads to Komets' loss

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

An ill-timed penalty for having too many men on the ice – it came during the 3-on-3 overtime – set up Brendan Bradley for a power-play goal from 18 feet out and a 3-2 Kalamazoo victory over the Komets tonight before 6,794 fans at Memorial Coliseum.

After losing back-to-back games with uncharacteristically poor third periods, the Komets got back to owning the late-period play.

Marcus Basara got to the rebound of a Justin Hodgman shot and scored with 1:55 left in regulation time for the Komets, who struggled to get anything going offensively in the first two periods and then totaled 15 of the third period’s 21 shots and the only goal.

The Komets have outscored opponents 108-62 in the third period this season. Toledo came into the night ranked second in third-period scoring with 79 goals.

For the game, Kalamazoo outshot the Komets 36-32.

Since signing with the Komets, Basara has tallied at least one point in all three games and scored a goal in back-to-back games. Basara has also played this season with Allen, Wheeling and Orlando of the ECHL, totaling five goals and 14 points in 31 games.

For the Komets, Garrett Thompson was back on the ice and so was Gabriel Desjardins. Having two of their most dangerous offensive players back from the American Hockey League – Thompson played two games with Iowa and Desjardins two with Laval – was certainly welcome news for the Komets. But the problem was there were still eight – that’s right, eight – injured Komets sitting in the 600-level stands.

Kalamazoo won 5 of 6 regular-season meetings between the teams. The teams are potential first- or second-round playoff opponents.

The Wings tallied eight of the game’s first nine shots, including one off the stick of captain Ben Wilson, who was trailing a rush up the ice, that opened the scoring at 5:50 of the first period.

The Komets had chances to answer in the period, including an instance at 11:58 when a Daniel Maggio shot went partially over the goal line, but they remained down 1-0 at the intermission.

Fort Wayne goaltender Michael Houser came up with big saves early in the second period – foiling Justin Taylor and Josh Pitt at the end of odd-man rushes – but he was bested by Taylor’s shot from the blue line during a power play for a 2-0 Wings lead.

Hodgman stretched in an awkward position – reaching opposite to the direction he was skating – to redirect a Maggio shot and cut the Wings’ lead to one goal at 14:33.

Notes: The referee was Stephen Thomson, who suffered a shoulder injury early in a March 10 game at the Coliseum. … The Komets played without injured players Jamie Schaafsma, Artur Tyanulin, Dennis Kravchenko, Cody Sol, Ryan Culkin, Justin MacDonald, Cam Lanigan and Taylor Crunk. … The Komets play Friday in Indianapolis against the Indy Fuel, then play host to the Wichita Thunder at the Coliseum on Saturday.

jcohn@jg.net