J.C. Campagna’s second goal of the game – on a breakaway – proved to be the winner for the Komets as they defeated the Wheeling Nailers 5-4 in front of 1,831 fans at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia, today.
The goal gave Fort Wayne a 5-2 lead 14:29 into the third period, after which the Nailers got goals from Yushiroh Hirano and Zac Lynch to make things interesting.
But Fort Wayne (22-17-3), which got 31 saves from netminder Eric Levine, still snapped its five-game winless streak.
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The Komets pulled into a tie with Indy for third place in the Central Division.
John Muse stopped 20 shots against his former team for Wheeling (20-20-3).
Jason Binkley opened the scoring for the Komets 3:57 into the first period, but the Nailers answered with goals from Alex Rauter and Cedric Lacroix, both of which came off rebounds.
Marco Roy tied it for Fort Wayne at 2. Campagna’s first goal was followed by an Anthony Petruzzelli goal for a 4-2 lead, 5:29 into the third period, set up by Brady Shaw’s crossing pass at the end of an odd-man rush.
Wheeling scored on 1 of 5 power plays. Fort Wayne was 0 for 3. There was a fight between Fort Wayne’s Taylor Crunk and Wheeling’s Jake Schultz.
Notes: The Komets played without Justin Hodgman (hand), Jake Kamrass (upper body), Jordan Sims (hip) and Cody Sol (undisclosed). Trey Phillips returned from family leave and was plus-2.