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Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:11 pm

Penalties foil Komets again

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

Another day, another ill-timed penalty for the Komets in a 4-3 loss.

After clawing their way back twice at Brampton, Ontario, a boarding penalty on Brett Perlini with 2:09 remaining at the Powerade Centre set up the Brampton Beast’s Brandon MacLean for the winning power-play goal with 35 seconds left in front of an announced crowd of 3,087.

MacLean had a hat trick.

The Komets (22-13-4) have lost five of their last seven games and fell to 0-2-0 on their five-game road trip that continues Wednesday at Elmira, New York.

The Komets came into the day as the third most penalized team in the ECHL with 18.6 minutes per game, then were assessed eight penalties for 16 minutes by referee Alex Cote.

Brampton scored on 2 of 7 power plays. Fort Wayne was 2 for 8.

After Mason Baptista opened the scoring on a power play for Fort Wayne – he has a goal in three straight games, totaling five points – the Komets twice came back from deficits with goals by Jamie Schaafsma (power play) and Perlini, who tied it at 3 at 15:59 of the third period.

Connor Crisp also scored for Brampton (21-14-4), which got all three MacLean goals in the third period, two of them coming on power plays.

The Beast snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-0-0 this season against the Komets.

P.J. Musico stopped 26 of 30 shots for Fort Wayne. Zachary Fucale stopped 29 of 32 for Brampton.