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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00 am

Cincinnati 5 Komets 4

Cyclones come back, beat Komets

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 win with 18 seconds left in front of 2,513 fans at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

It was the first professional game for Gosselin 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.

Fort Wayne's Mason Baptista netted the game's first two goals, pounding in a one-timer at 10:42 of the first period, and getting to a rebound for a second at 12:49.

Cincinnati's Jesse Schultz took scored 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 ricocheted off a Cincinnati skate and went in 3:03 into the third.

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 beating goaltender Zach Fucale. Former Komets player Brady Vail tied it off a rebound at 15:18.

Before the game, the Komets released defensemen Oskari Halme and Garrett Clarke.