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Komets hand Cyclones 1st loss

The Komets got goals from Bobby Hughes, Chris Auger and Mickey Lang in 3-2 victory over Cincinnati. Video from America One.

K's respond in big way

Hand Cincinnati 1st loss of season

The fans were restless. The coach was threatening mass personnel changes.

And the Komets responded Saturday night with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Cyclones, in front of 5,747 fans at U.S. Bank Arena.

Forward Chris Auger had tied the game at 2 with a 20-foot wrist shot at 15:48 of the third period.

But then the Komets did something they've done often -- followed a good play with a bad one. Just 36 seconds after Auger's goal, Bobby Hughes was penalized for hooking.

But the short-handed situation was fortuitous.

Defenseman Joe Hartman broke up a Cincinnati rush in the Fort Wayne zone and poked the puck up ice to Brandon Marino, who sent a pass to Mickey Lang for a goal at the end of a 2-on-1 rush at 17:50.

Goalie Andrey Makarov did the rest, finishing with 27 saves. Rob Madore had 29 saves for Cincinnati (7-1-0).

Fort Wayne, which has held a lead in every game but one, improved to 3-4-2 in Gary Graham's first season as coach.

Hughes had the Komets' first goal, tying it at 1 off a rebound during a first-period power play.

Cincinnati got goals from Taylor Aronson and John McFarland.

Notes: Before the game, the Komets signed forward Phil Mangan, 26, who had been in scoreless in two games this season with Rapid City of the CHL. Last season, he had 12 goals and 22 points in 65 ECHL games with Stockton, South Carolina and Bakersfield. Tonight, he was minus-1 with one shot on goal.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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