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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 8:18 pm

Komets rally, lose in OT

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

Kyle Thomas again came through. So did the power play. And the Komets rallied from a two-goal deficit in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to salvage a point in the standings despite a 4-3 overtime loss Wednesday night.

(Video highlights are above.)

After Tulsa’s Dennis Brown was penalized by referee Kenny Anderson for hooking, the Komets (5-2-2) pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage and scored with 25 seconds left in regulation time. After Trevor Cheek won a faceoff and Bobby Shea fired a shot from the blue line, Thomas got to the rebound and netted a shot to force overtime.

However, after Cheek coughed up the puck and hooked Emerson Clark, the division-leading Oilers (10-2-0) won it on Dan DeSalvo’s power-play shot from the left circle.

It was first meeting between the teams at the BOK Center since they were in the Central Hockey League in 2012. Fort Wayne scored on 3 of 7 power plays and Tulsa was 1 for 7.

Thomas, who also set up a goal, has five goals and 11 points in nine games. Cheek, the ECHL’s reigning Player of the Week, had an assist to give him seven points in three games since returning from Tucson of the American Hockey League. And goaltender Eric Hartzell, who has played five straight games since Pat Nagle suffered a high ankle sprain, stopped 32 of 36 shots.

Tulsa’s Phil Brewer opened the scoring 19:17 into the first period with a shot from the left circle shortly after a faceoff. The Komets got a 5-on-3 power play after Tulsa’s Danick Paquette was penalized for removing his helmet prior to fighting Shea, and DeSalvo was caught slashing, and it set up captain Jamie Schaafsma for a tying goal at 9:48 of the second period.

Clark scored on a penalty shot at 10:58, after he’d been hauled down from behind by Gabriel Beaupre. And Kale Kessey put the Oilers up 3-1 with a one-timer from 20 feet out.

The Komets got their second power-play goal at 15:21, when Gabriel Desjardins’ cross-ice pass from behind the net set up Shawn Szydlowski for a goal from the left circle.

The Komets take on the Missouri Mavericks on Friday and Saturday in Independence, Missouri, then play at Wichita, Kansas, on Sunday.