Welcome to the Komets’ lineup, Jordan Sims.
Sims netted the winning goal for the Komets in the eighth round of what had been a scoreless overtime shootout – against his former team no less – to give Fort Wayne a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones in front of 1,768 fans at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesday night.
Sims, the son of former Komets player and coach Al Sims, was acquired Monday from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits to complete the earlier trade of Thomas Ebbing for future considerations. Jordan Sims had played for the Cyclones in 2016-17 and began this season with them.
His goal completed a comeback for Fort Wayne (9-8-0), which was down two goals in the third period but has now won four straight games. Goaltender Zach Fucale stopped 30 shots and all eight shootout attempts he faced.
Jonas Johansson stopped 22 shots and 7 of 8 shootout attempts for the Cyclones (12-5-3), who are 8-0-3 at U.S. Bank Arena. The Komets are 5-6-0 on the road.
It was the first game time this season the Komets have played in a game that went past regulation time.
Defenseman Chase Stewart opened the scoring for the Komets during a power play – he netted a slapshot from the blue line – 8:20 into the first period. But the Cyclones scored the next three goals, from Nate Mitton at 11:06, from Myles Powell on a power play 38 seconds into the second period, and from Pascal Aquin at 19:50.
The Komets’ comeback included a J.C. Campagna breakaway goal 39 seconds into the third period and a Justin Hodgman power-play goal from the right circle at 2:32.
Fort Wayne forward Marco Roy, who had been out since suffering a concussion Nov. 9 at Rapid City, South Dakota, was activated from injured reserve and made his return to the lineup. Roy had been injured on an Adam Marsh hit that got Marsh a two-game suspension from the ECHL. Roy had missed six games.
To make room for Roy’s return, Joseph Widmar was waived. Widmar had one assist in two games, over two stints, with the Komets.
The Komets scored on 2 of 7 power plays. Cincinnati was 1 of 5.