Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:56 pm
K's rally from 4 down, lose in shootout
Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette
The comeback Komets rallied yet again, surging back from a four-goal deficit to salvage a point in the standings Sunday with a 5-4 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones in an overtime shootout.
Shawn O’Donnell, the sixth and final skater, had the only shootout goal, faking goaltender Pat Nagle to the ice and then sending the puck around his left leg in front of 4,009 fans at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
(Video highlights of the game are above.)
The Komets had been the only one of the ECHL’s 27 teams not to participate in a shootout, and they’re now 3-6 in games that have gone beyond regulation.
Brett Perlini, who had the overtime goal in the 4-3 victory Saturday night over the Brampton Beast at Memorial Coliseum, netted two goals against the Cyclones. That included the goal 14:56 into the third period that forced extra play, as the Komets outshot the Cyclones 14-2 in the third period and 2-1 in overtime.
The Komets (30-15-6), who are 3-1-2 against the Cyclones this season, were trying to get their seventh victory of the season after trailing by two or more goals. They have a 6-1-2 record in their last nine games.
Cincinnati (25-23-4) got 32 saves from Michael Houser, not including his 3-for-3 shootout performance, as the Cyclones scored on 2 of 6 power plays and won for the seventh time in their last nine games.
The Komets fell behind 4-0 on goals by Shane Walsh, Jonathan Diaby, Justin MacDonald and Brandon McNally, who scored on a power play 13:45 into the second period.
Fort Wayne’s starting goaltender, Garrett Bartus, stopped 11 of 14 shots before he was replaced by Nagle, who stopped 6 of 7.
After Perlini began the comeback 14:48 into the second period, Dan Milan netted his first goal of the season at 19:33. Mike Cazzola, who had three points, got Fort Wayne within a goal on a power play at 7:30 of the third period. The Komets were 1 for 3 with the man-advantage. Gabriel Desjardins assisted on three goals.
Perlini, Cazzola and Colin Mulvey failed to score for Fort Wayne in the shootout.
Notes: Kyle Thomas netted his first goal in the American Hockey League, and it was the game-winner in the Cleveland Monsters’ 2-0 victory over Iowa. It was Thomas’ first point in his third game since being called up from the Komets.