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Komets rally again to beat Indy

Courtesy of Whiteshark Photography<br /> <br /> Komets defenseman Kyle Follmer battles Indy forward Raphael Corriveau for the puck during the first period Saturday night. 
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Komets defenseman Kyle Follmer battles Indy forward Raphael Corriveau for the puck during the first period Saturday night. 
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Saturday, March 11, 2017 07:43 pm
The Fort Wayne Komets have the day off Sunday, but they'll be keeping one eye on the scoreboard. After beating Indy 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night, the Komets can clinch a playoff spot if Tulsa loses on the road at Missouri on Sunday. It would be the 56th time in the franchise's 65-year history that the Komets have made the postseason. Saturday's victory came after the Komets trailed 2-0 in the first period. This is the 11th time this season the Komets have rallied to earn at least a point after trailing by two goals or more in a game. They've won eight of them, including four against the Fuel. They've also done it eight times since Feb. 4.

This one wasn't easy as the Fuel jumped out 2-0 behind Josh Shalla who scored the first goal of a Fort Wayne-Indy game for the fifth game in a row and for the sixth time in the last seven games this season. Shalla has 10 goals goals and 15 points in seven games against the Komets this season, and 22 goals and 35 points in 33 games against Fort Wayne during his career.

The Komets counter Shalla with center Mike Cazzola who has scored leads the Komets against the Fuel with eight goals and 16 points in six games. He scored Fort Wayne's first goal Saturday night, but the Komets needed some last-ditch help to force overtime when Jamie Schaafsma scored with 35 seconds left off assists from Shawn Szydlowski and Jason Binkley. The Komets scored seven goals during the two-game series against Indy, and Binkley assisted on six of them.

After neither team could score in the overtime, the Komets won their first shootout of the season behind goals from Schaafsma and Trevor Cheek, while Pat Nagle stopped two of three Indy shooters. After the Komets hit three goalposts during the game, Shalla ended the game by clanging his shootout attempt off the post. Nagle finished with 27 saves during regulation to improve to 9-1-1 on the season.

The Komets are 36-16-7 and are 6-1-0 over their last seven games and 14-3-3 over their last 20. They are off until Friday when they host Tulsa.







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