The Journal Gazette
Saturday, November 09, 2019 10:40 pm

Gottlieb's OT goal sends K's to victory

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Max Gottlieb and A.J. Jenks took penalties in overtime Saturday at Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Komets killed off the power plays, though, and Jenks and Gottlieb repaid their teammates.

Gottlieb scored after Jenks set him up during an odd-man rush, as the Komets defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 6-5 in a wild game in front of 3,251 fans.

Fort Wayne (7-4-1) scored on 4 of 9 power plays, as the Wings (4-2-2) got two major penalties for spearing and, therefore, finished the game two men short of a full lineup. Kalamazoo was 1 for 5 on power plays.

The Komets had defeated the Wings at 6-2 on Friday, when they got two Jenks goals at the Wings Event Center.

On Saturday, the Wings opened the scoring when Brennan Sanford circumvented the defense and slipped the puck between the legs of goaltender Matthew VIllalta for a short-handed goal.

With Kalamazoo’s Matheson Iacopelli serving a major for spearing Mason Bergh, Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski tied it with a snap of the puck from the top of the right circle 18:22 into the first period. During the same power play, Gottlieb gave Fort Wayne a 2-1 lead with a slapshot from the point 46 seconds into the second period.

Kalamazoo’s Dylan Sadowy tied it with a redirection at 7:09, but it took only 15 seconds for Alan Lyszczarczyk to take advantage of a Brett McKenzie set up during a 2-on-0 rush and snap it home for a 3-2 Fort Wayne lead.

The Wings answered again, though, with Justin Kovacs flicking a backhand past VIllalta to tie it at 3 at 14:43.

Szydlowski’s one-timer from the point regained the lead for Fort Wayne during a 5-on-3 power play at 16:35 with Luke Sandler serving another major penalty for a spear and Ben Wilson a minor for cross-checking Brady Shaw in the corner.

Goals by Kalamazoo’s Sadowy and Boston Leier were answered by Olivier Galipeau, who forced overtime with a power-play goal 13:05 into the third period.

Jenks was penalized for tripping in overtime and Gottlieb for delay of game, when he shot the puck into the stands, and Fort Wayne killed off a brief 5-on-3 power play.

Villalta stopped 32 shots. Kalamazoo’s Jake Kielly stopped 30.

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