When the Komets and Wheeling Nailers get together, don’t expect a lot of defense.
In four games this season, the teams have totaled 39 goals. That includes the Komets’ come-from-behind 5-4 overtime victory Wednesday night, which gave them a 3-0-1 season record against Wheeling.
Shawn St-Amant netted the winner – his second goal of the game – off a rebound with 3 seconds remaining in the 3-on-3 overtime.
Cole Kehler stopped 30 shots from the Komets (10-6-2), who rallied from a 4-2 third-period deficit. Alex D’Orio also stopped 30 for the Nailers (8-5-4).
An announced crowd of 1,635 attended the game at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia, and it got to see Fort Wayne’s top-ranked offense (4.29 goals per game coming in) and the Nailers’ No. 10 offense (3.38).
Overtime saw good end-to-end action, if not a lot of shots. Fort Wayne defenseman Jason Binkley broke up an odd-man rush. Teammate Brady Shaw had a breakaway at the other end but hit the post. Seconds later, Shaw was tripped up by Christopher Brown, giving Fort Wayne a power play with 2:44 left, when the shots were 1-all in overtime.
Fort Wayne finished with a 6-1 overtime shot advantage.
This was the second of three straight games between the teams, who meet 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Coliseum in the Bob Chase Memorial Game, which takes place annually on Thanksgiving.
The Komets are 37-17-3 on Turkey Day.
The Komets will wear special jerseys honoring Chase, the late longtime broadcaster for the Komets, and the jerseys will be raffled to benefit WOWO’s Penny Pitch for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
Also scoring for the Komets on Wednesday were Brett McKenzie, who stole the puck and then netted a breakaway goal with his team short-handed; Oliver Galipeau, who finished off a give-and-go with Brady Shaw; and Kyle Haas on a slapshot from the blue line 14:56 into the third period to force overtime.
Wheeling’s goals came from Brandon Hawkins, Ryan Scarfo, Renars Krastenbergs and Fort Wayne-native Blake Siebenaler.
Notes: Fort Wayne is 4-2 in games that have gone past regulation, though none have reached shootouts. … Matthew Boudens, a forward, was released by Chicago of the higher-level American Hockey League and should rejoin the Komets. He was scoreless in five games with the Wolves. … Goaltender Dylan Ferguson was called up to Chicago. There was a shortage of goalies in the Vegas Golden Knights’ organization after Marc-Andre Fleury took a leave because of a family illness. … At Wheeling, the Komets used an emergency backup goalie from Morgantown, West Virginia, Mike Yaremko. … The Komets also re-signed goalie Patrick Munson, who presumably will be the backup goalie Thursday.