Lukas Hafner stopped 16 of 18 shots in his hometown – Toledo, Ohio – and his teammates provided three unanswered goals in a 3-2 overtime victory for the Komets over the Toledo Walleye.
Jake Kamrass’ pass from behind the net set up Ryan Lowney for the winning goal 2:28 into the 3-on-3 overtime. His shot caromed off the crossbar and landed behind Toledo goalie Kaden Fulcher, who stopped 23 of 26 shots on a night his team played one man short of a full 18-player lineup and was missing several of its regulars.
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Fort Wayne is 3-3-1 against Toledo this season.
The Komets (16-13-1) were without leading scorer Justin Hodgman, who completed his two-game suspension for swinging his stick at Kalamazoo’s Tanner Sorenson, and he’ll be available for Monday’s 7:30 p.m. game at Memorial Coliseum against the Brampton Beast.
They also remained without Marco Roy and Phelix Martineau, both up in the American Hockey League, though Eric Levine was back from Cleveland of the AHL to back up Hafner.
Toledo (21-6-3) got the first two goals from Jordon Topping 2:57 into the first period and Justin Kea, who has two goals in two games against his former team, on a short-handed goal at 4:43. Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski answered at 16:37.
Cody Sol, who has netted a goal in both games since returning from a knee injury, forced overtime with a power-play goal for the Komets 18:38 into the third period.
Fort Wayne scored on 1 of 4 power plays. Toledo was 0 for 5 in front of 8,300 fans at the Huntington Center.