Shockingly, the Fort Wayne Komets tied their season-high by giving up five goals to a team that had lost five games in a row Friday night. The Komets still won, though, as they matched their season-high for goals scored with seven against the Arizona Sundogs in Prescott, Ariz.
The Komets won their second game in a row and their sixth road game in their last nine tries. The win leaves them two points behind Evansville for the Turner Conference and the overall Central Hockey League lead. The IceMen are 9-0-2 over their last 11 games.
Fort Wayne looked like it had Friday's game wrapped up early, jumping to a 4-1 lead after the first period. As Colin Chaulk, Chris Auger, Tom Mele and David Starenky all scored. This was Starenky's first goal since 2006.
The Sundogs charged back in the second period by out-scoring the Komets 3-1 and tied the game with an early third-period power-play goal. Just 1:27 later, Frankie DeAngelis poked home a rebound to give Komets the lead again. Fort Wayne fought off three Arizona power plays in the third period before Stephon Thorne could score into an empty net with 34 seconds remaining.
``I can't say enough about our team,'' Komets coach Al Sims said. ``We blew a 4-1 lead, they come back and tie it and we still come back and show the character, grit and determination we've shown all year. We could have fallen apart but we pulled together. We were pushed tonight, and we responded.''
The Komets out-shot the Sundogs 37-30, and scored on one of seven power-play attempts, while giving up two Arizona power-play goals on eight attempts.
``The way they play, such a chippy game, it was all special teams,'' Sims said. ``It hurt us a bit being in the penalty box so much.''
Auger finished with a goal and two assists, and Lovell, DeAngelis, Thorne and Chaulk all scored a goal and an assist. Jesse Bennefield had two assists for the Komets. Lovell and Chaulk both finished plus-3.
The teams meet again at 9 p.m.
``We want to come out and play a different game, a lower-scoring game,'' Sims said. ``We're not the type of team that can give up five goals and win every time. We want to make sure we're ready to play a hard defensive game.''