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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:40 pm

K's cough up 3-goal lead at Cincy

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets were on the cusp of defeating the ECHL’s top team and getting within five points of the rival Toledo Walleye for second place in the Central Division.

But, as they have many times this season, the Komets squandered a lead.

Kurt Gosselin’s goal off a rebound, on a difficult angle from the left circle, cemented the Cincinnati Cyclones’ come-from-behind 5-4 victory with 18 seconds remaining in front of 2,513 fans at U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

It was the first professional game for Gosselin, a rookie out of Alabama-Huntsville, as the Cyclones (43-10-7) won their third straight game. The Komets (29-21-9), who had won their previous three games, coughed up a three-goal third-period lead.

(Video highlights are above.)

Fort Wayne’s Mason Baptista netted the game’s first two goals, accepting Jake Kamrass’ pass from behind the net before pounding in a one-timer at 10:42 of the first period, and getting to the rebound of a Kamrass wraparound for a second goal at 12:49.

Cincinnati’s Jesse Schultz took advantage of the puck caroming off the glove of Fort Wayne’s Kyle Hope, setting up a shot from 12 feet out for a goal 11:57 into the second period.

Fort Wayne’s Phelix Martineau made it 3-1 during a power play at 18:22 on a shot from the right circle and teammate Sean Flanagan made it 4-1 when his shot from the left wing ricocheted off a Cincinnati skate and went in 3:03 into the third period.

But the Cyclones’ comeback started with a Mykles Powell goal during a 5-on-3 power play at 11:08, followed 20 seconds later by Mike Marnell splitting the defense to beat goaltender Zach Fucale.

Brady Vail, a former Fort Wayne player, tied it off a rebound at 15:18.

Fucale stopped 30 shots, including a second-period save in which he dove backward to stop Alex Wideman’s shot from crossing the goal line at the end of a 2-on-1 rush. Michael Houser stopped 16 shots for the Cyclones.

Fort Wayne scored on 1 of 5 power plays. Cincinnati was 1 for 4.

Notes: Before the game, the Komets released defensemen Oskari Halme and Garrett Clarke. Halme had one goal and four points in nine games. Clarke had two goals and three points in six games. … Wichita’s Jeremy Beaudry has been suspended the remainder of the season. Sources said it was for an incident with a fan while he was in the penalty box. … The Komets play at Brampton, Ontario, at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

jcohn@jg.net