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Sunday, March 06, 2016 5:49 pm

Shorthanded Komets beat Colorado

Justin A. Cohn | Journal Gazette

The Komets again scrapped their way to victory with a lineup decimated by injuries and callups. 

After squandering a three-goal lead at Loveland, Colorado, Shawn Szydlowski’s goal in an overtime shootout gave Fort Wayne a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Eagles on Sunday.

Defenseman Jordon Southorn also scored for Fort Wayne in the shootout, and Trent Daavettila netted a shot for the Eagles at Budweiser Events Center. Goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 23 shots for the Komets (33-19-5), who are 1-1 in shootouts. Kris Lazaruk had 25 saves for Colorado (31-23-3).

The Komets played with only 16 players, two short of a full lineup, and they improved to 2-2-0 on their franchise-record eight-game road trip.

After playing three men short and defeating the Rapid City Rush 3-2 in overtime on a Southorn goal Saturday, the Komets signed forward Patrick McCadden. He had played three games this season with Toledo and 40 with Columbus of the lower-level Southern Professional Hockey League, where he had seven goals and 13 points. McCadden had a second-period fight with Teigan Zahn.

Shots by Jamie Schaafsma, Will Weber and Trevor Cheek gave Fort Wayne a 3-0 lead 1:13 into the second period. Schaafsma has a goal in nine of the last 13 games. Weber’s goal came with Fort Wayne on the penalty kill; it has an ECHL-leading 13 short-handed goals.

The Eagles tied it at 3 on a goal from Jesse Mychan and two from Johnny Lazo.

The Komets had lost 3-1 on Wednesday at Colorado before splitting a pair in Rapid City, South Dakota. They play the first of three games in Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday.