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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Komets' Travis Ewanyk takes a shot on Indy's goal in the first period of Friday night's game at the Coliseum.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Colin Mulvey, of the Komets, fights to get by from Indy's Brandon Martell in the first period of Friday night's game at the Coliseum.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Colin Mulvey, of the Komets, takes a shot on goal in the first period of Friday night's game against the Indy Fuel at the Coliseum.

Friday, February 10, 2017 8:59 pm

Praise for newest K's after victory

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

It’s amazing Colin Mulvey, who had two practices with the Komets, and Travis Ewanyk, who had only today’s pre-game skate, were arguably the best players on the ice in the 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Indy Fuel.

Mulvey had the winning overtime goal on a shot from the left circle and eight shots on goal. Mulvey's winner came after Ewanyk intercepted a clearing attempt by the Fuel, which was outshot 59-26.

“I’m lucky I got to play with great players tonight,” Mulvey said. “They’ve got a great team here from top to bottom and I was the beneficiary side of a great play by Ewy tonight.”

Ewanyk had two assists and couldn’t seem to lose a faceoff late in the game.

“Ewanyk is a faceoff machine. He put on a clinic,” coach Gary Graham said.

For the third consecutive game, the Komets tallied a season high for shots and they needed all 59 of them to overcome an early three-goal Fuel lead and a controversial call by referee Mike Sheehan. He waved off a goal by Trevor Cheek that would have tied it at 4 with 6:26 left in the third period because he ruled Fuel goaltender Jake Hildebrand had been run into by Ewanyk.

Cheek, in his first game back from Tucson of the higher-level American Hockey League, atoned by forcing overtime with 34 seconds left in front of 7,516 fans, who saw him accept Kyle Thomas’ pass from behind the net and score from 25 feet out with goalie Garrett Bartus pulled for an extra attacker and a 5-on-3 power play.

The Komets (27-14-4), who have won five of their last six games, scored on 2 of 10 power plays and improved to 5-0-0 this season against Indy. The Fuel (14-29-4), which was 0 for 2 on power plays, has lost five in a row.

The Komets are now eight points back of Toledo for the division lead.

“We’ve been in these spots several times this year and, most of the time, we’ve been able to climb out of them,” said Graham, whose Komets allowed Indy to take a 3-0 lead on its first six shots. “I think we were generating chances the whole game and there was the feeling that we could get back into it because we were getting our chances.”

Check out video highlights of the game above.