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Great saves, OT goal, fights

The Komets won in overtime again, 4-3 over the Greenville Road Warriors, on Nov. 16, 2013. Check out the goaltending, the goals and the rough stuff.

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Here's what Mickey Lang had to say about his overtime goal -- which you can see in the above video of highlights -- that gave the Komets a 4-3 victory over the Greenville Road Warriors and extended Fort Wayne's season-best winning streak to three games ...

"A lot of credit goes to Brandon Marino because he kept jamming, jamming, jamming (at the puck) and both of those (defensemen) went to him. Then, I was open all alone. It didn't go in nicely, but it went it."

As for the Komets' penchant for blowing leads, Lang said ...

"I feel like we jump on teams early on and then something changes where they shift and gain the momentum on us. Right now, we're coming back. But hopefully we come to the point – hopefully sooner rather than later – where we can just close teams out and step on their throats and get out of there early."

(Click here to see photos from the game at Memorial Coliseum.)

As for the auction of the Komets' Stars-and-Stripes jerseys, which benefits the Veterans Airlift Command, goaltender Andrey Makarov's sweater went for the most at $800. Chris Auger was second at $782.

Everyone noted that the Road Warriors' third goal was pretty unlucky, since the puck bounced off the stanchion and on to Jean-Michel Rizk's stick, and he set up Sam Klassen to tie it in the third period.

Coach Gary Graham said, after the game: "I kept telling the guys to stay positive. It wasn't that we were playing bad. The third period, they took it to us because the momentum had shifted, but we found a way to get it done."

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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