The Komets’ offense was back in form today. But the defense succumbed to three unanswered goals, including two from Cam Brown, in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Wheeling Nailers in front of 1,748 fans at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Shawn St-Amant had put Fort Wayne up 5-3 with a goal 13:51 into the second period – it was St-Amant’s second goal of the game – but Myles Powell began the comeback with a shot that caromed off his skate and into the net 7:06 into the third period.
Brown forced overtime at 15:39 and scored the winner, after a turnover in the Fort Wayne zone, 1:29 into the 3-on-3 overtime. Seconds before scoring the winner from just off the left goalpost, Brown had upended Brady Shaw with no call from referee Riley Yerkovich.
Dylan Ferguson stopped 29 shots for the Komets (8-5-2). Alex D’Orio stopped 25 for the Nailers (6-5-2).
Fort Wayne’s top-ranked offense, which came in averaging 4.36 goals per game, had been held scoreless in Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Cincinnati, Ohio. Alan Lyszczarczyk, Brad Morrison and Stephen Baylis also scored for Fort Wayne, which plays host to rival Toledo 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum.
Wheeling also got two goals from Jan Drozg, who also had two assists, and one goal from Nick Minerva.
Notes: Shaw, who received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head Saturday, played after the ECHL reviewed the hit and deemed no further discipline was needed. Shaw assisted on two goals. … Fort Wayne, which played without injured veterans Shawn Szydlowski and A.J. Jenks, is 3-1-1 in its last four games. … Fort Wayne is 2-2 in games that have gone to overtime. None have reached a shootout. … The Komets are 1-0-1 against the Nailers this season.