The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 10:00 pm

Wild game ends with 5-4 Komets loss

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

In a night of wild sequences, the wildest was Kalamazoo's Logan Lambdin scoring the winning goal into an open net with 52 seconds remaining in a 5-4 Wings victory Wednesday over the Komets in front of a crowd of 1,704 at Wings Event Center.

After Kalamazoo's Alex DeBrincat dumped the puck in, it unexpectedly popped from the corner to the front of the net. Fort Wayne’s goaltender, Liam Hughes, had gone behind the goal to receive the puck.


The puck appeared to get redirected by the seam of a door that had come open during the first period on a check by Fort Wayne's Connor Jones. Hughes stopped 19 of 24 shots.

The other unsual occurance happened at the end of the second period

They say it takes a minimum of four-tenths of a second – and perfect execution of a faceoff play – for the puck to be dropped and a goal to be scored. In that respect, 1.2 seconds may have seemed like an eternity for Tyler Busch and Matt Alvaro to pull off what they did for the Komets.

After an icing call on the Kalamazoo Wings, Busch won a faceoff back to Alvaro, who netted a slapshot from the top of the left circle to tie it at the buzzer.


Busch opened the scoring with a breakaway goal, as his team was short-handed – Matt Murphy was in the penalty box for roughing – six minutes into the first period. Busch put a backhand shot through the legs of former Komets goaltender Trevor Gorsuch for Fort Wayne’s eighth short-handed goal, the third most among the ECHL’s 27 teams.

Kalamazoo’s Kyle Blaney answered with a short-handed goal of his own, slithering his way between Murphy and Shawn Boudrias for a breakaway at 11:01, as the Wings’ Cody Corbett served an interference penalty. It was the Wings’ sixth short-handed goal of the season.

Corbett made it 2-1 by swiveling and shooting from the blue line, then watching the shot carom off Murphy and past Hughes at 18:02. Hughes gave up three goals on Kalamazoo’s first eight shots Wednesday, including one to Greg Mauldin 2:24 into the second period, just after he intercepted an Oliver Cooper pass in the Fort Wayne zone.

Alvaro answered at 13:15, cutting the Kalamazoo lead to 3-2, by camping out in front of the net and redirecting a knuckling Darien Kielb slapshot. After Alvaro’s wow moment, tying it at 3, captain Anthony Petruzzelli gave Fort Wayne a lead by cutting to the net to redirect a Boudrias pass 6:05 into the third period.

Kalamazoo’s Greg Betzold tied it at 4 from the right circle at 10:35.

The Komets play host to the Indy Fuel 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum, where it will be Martin Luther King Jr. night and the Komets will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned for charity.

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