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Komets beat Evansville in OT

It was another trip south that looked to be going south. And then the Komets’ hottest player put a match to that notion.

Brandon Marino, whose eight goals and 18 points in 11 games made him the runner-up to Colorado’s Trent Daavettila for ECHL Player of the Month, tied the game with 1:35 to play in regulation, and then Mike Embach scored a minute into overtime to lift the Komets to a come-from-behind 3-2 road victory over Evansville on Friday.

The victory was the second straight for the Komets (13-11-1-4) and their first in Evansville since Nov. 24.

Goaltender Andrey Makarov kicked out 24 of 26 shots to backstop the win, surrendering goals to former Komet Tristan King at 12:29 of the first and Peter Sakaris at 10:26 of the second.

That gave the IceMen a 2-1 lead that lasted until Marino scored 40 seconds into a power play to force overtime. The IceMen were skating shorthanded after Matt Krug went off for slashing at 17:45.

Embach then ended it almost immediately with his 13th goal of the season.

Chris Auger gave the Komets a short-lived lead at 9:04 of the first. The Komets and IceMen square off again tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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