The Fort Wayne Komets finally scored in a shootout but were unable to stop the Elmira Jackals from winning the extra session and the game 4-3 on Friday night.
The Komets rallied in the third period to force overtime on a goal by Scott Fleming before a sparse crowd in Elmira. After a scoreless overtime period, the Komets scored four times in the shootout, but the Jackals beat Cody Reichard on five of seven shooters to win the extra session. The Komets are 0-3 in shootouts this season.
``I like the way the guys played in the third period,'' Komets coach Gary Graham said. ``We lost too many battles after the first 5-10 minutes, but we made it a point to be better in the third period. We just need to find a way to play like that more consistently.''
The Komets led 1-0 early on Mickey Lang's 14th goal of the season. Despite a goal by Fort Wayne's Brandon Marino, the Jackals led 3-2 after two periods.
``We did some good things early in the first period, and the first 5-10 minutes we were executing pretty well,'' Graham said. ``Then we went flat and they really had us on our heels. Come the third period the guys played really well and we responded well.''
The Komets got on the bus immediately after the game to ride to Reading where they play Saturday night.