Anthony Petruzzelli redirected an Olivier Galipeau shot, 14:03 into the third period today, to give the Komets a 5-4 victory over the Indy Fuel in a back-and-forth game at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.
The Komets (24-20-8), who recovered from an early 2-0 deficit, leapfrogged the Fuel (26-23-3) for third place in the division with 20 games remaining in the regular season.
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Fort Wayne is 5-1-1 this season against Indy, which got a hat trick from Ryan Van Stralen.
Fort Wayne, which got three assists from captain A.J. Jenks, plays host to the Kalamazoo Wings (19-24-7) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.
Cole Kehler stopped 22 shots for Fort Wayne in the 10:30 a.m. game, attended by an announced crowd of 5,469.
Dan Bakala stopped 24 for the Fuel, which got the only two goals of the first period from Van Stralen and Bobby McIntyre.
Fort Wayne’s Brady Shaw netted a power-play goal on a shot from 35 feet out 5:53 into the second period. Teammate Shawn Szydlowski tied it with a nifty move off the left post, after Jenks had set him up from the left circle, during a power play at 6:29.
Szydlowski has tallied at least one point in 10 consecutive road games, the longest such streak currently in the ECHL.
Jenks got another assist by stealing the puck in the corner to set up Drake Rymsha in front for a 3-2 lead at 19:38.
After Van Stralen tied it with his second power-play goal of the game, Gabriel Verpaelst tipped in the rebound of a Matthew Boudens shot for a 4-3 Fort Wayne lead at 10:56 of the third period.
Van Stralen netted his third goal of the game after a mad scramble in front of the net at 13:37.
Both teams scored on 2 of 6 power plays.
The Komets are back to .500 on the road at 12-12-4 and Indy is 15-9-2 at home. Fort Wayne is 19-12-6 against divisional opponents, including an 0-5-2 record against Toledo.
The Komets remained without all-star Shawn St-Amant (upper body) and Brad Morrison (lower body).