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  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets' center Mike Cazzola skates the puck out of the Komets' zone during the second period against Quad City on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets center Travis Ewanyk, right, flips a shot at Quad City goalie C.J. Motte during the first period of their game on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets goalie Pat Nagle makes a stick save in the second period against the Quad City Mallards on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets defenseman Will Weber looks to get control of the puck during Wednesday's game against the Quad City Mallards at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Gabriel Desjardins, center, snaps his stick in half as he tries to pass the puck with Quad City's Josh MacDonald closing in on him during the Komets' game against the Mallards on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Trevor Cheek, left, checks Quad City's Guillaume Gelinas into the boards deep in the Komets' zone during the first period of their game on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Shawn Szydlowski, left, pulls the puck away from the boards and away from teammate Mike Cazzola, center, and Quad City's Sam Warning during their game on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Mike Embach narrowly misses deflecting a shot into the open net as Quad City goalie C.J. Motte gets caught out of position during their game on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Trevor Cheek, front, slams into Quad City's Grant Arnold in front of the Mallards bench on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets center Mike Cazzola, front, and Quad City's Adam Gilmour wince as the puck deflects off both of them during the second period of their game on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Shawn Szydlowski, left, pulls the puck away from the boards and away from teammate Mike Cazzola, center, and Quad City's Adam Gilmour during their game on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski skates through the neutral zone in his first game back with the Komets on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum. Szydlowski had been playing in Cleveland after being called up tot he AHL.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:33 pm

Another shootout, another loss for K's

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

The Komets continue to need a deficit on the scoreboard to bring out their best. They rallied from a two-goal deficit to salvage a point in the standings, losing 3-2 to the Quad City Mallards on Wednesday in an overtime shootout at the Coliseum.

Grant Arnold had the only goal of the shootout – in the fifth round – as Fort Wayne shooters are 0 for 8 on shootout chances this season.

Also habitual is ill-timed penalties. In a game in which referee Andy Howard called only one penalty during regulation time – roughing on Quad City’s Andrew Panzarella – Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski got called for tripping just seven seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime.

But the Komets killed off the ensuing 4-on-3 power play, highlighted by Michael Parks’ shot from 10 feet, and Fort Wayne’s Jason Binkley narrowly missed putting a rebound into the net with 2:04 left in overtime.

After not participating in a shootout during the first 50 games of the season – the only team in the ECHL that can say that – the Komets went to one in back-to-back contests. They lost 5-4 at Cincinnati on Sunday, when the Cyclones had the only shootout goal.

Pat Nagle stopped 24 of 26 shots for the Komets. C.J. Motte stopped 36 of 38 for the Mallards.

After seven games with Cleveland of the higher-level American Hockey League, during which he scored a goal, Szydlowski was back with the Komets. Kyle Thomas remains with Cleveland.

It was the third straight game in which the Komets went to overtime.

With Nagle screened by two teammates and a Mallard, Quad City’s Josh MacDonald opened the scoring 18:54 into the first period with a shot from the left circle that slipped inside the left goalpost.

It was undoubtedly a frustrating end to the period for the Komets, who had 13 of the 22 shots on goal and got two terrific scoring chances from Mike Embach, who was stopped from 15 feet out and also at the end of a 2-on-1 rush by Motte.

MacDonald scored again, for a 2-0 lead 2:06 into the second period, after Sam Warning carried the puck in the offensive zone, stick-handled through the defense and sent him a pass in the slot.

Brett Perlini’s fourth goal in the last three games got Fort Wayne within one at 9:54, when he took advantage of Gabriel Desjardins’ no-look pass to net a shot from 35 feet.

Nagle kept the deficit at one with a stop of Parks from point-blank range just 50 seconds into the third period, but Motte was equally good at the other end and made a sprawling save on Desjardins.

Trevor Cheek’s pass from deep in the offensive zone set up Kyle Follmer for a shot from the left circle that tied it at 2 at 8:20 for the Komets.

Notes: Martha Parfet, the former owner of the Komets’ longtime rivals, the Kalamazoo Wings, died at 91. Martha and Ted Parfet owned the Wings from 1974 to 2000 and 2002 to 2006, building the Wings Event Center. … Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma missed a fifth straight game because of a hand injury. The Komets also played without Thomas, Gabriel Beaupre (concussion), Mason Baptista and Kyle Flemington.

jcohn@jg.net