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Komets lose in OT to Cincinnati

The Komets lost 3-2 to the Cincinnati Cyclones in an overtime shootout at Memorial Coliseum, after getting outscored 3-2 in the shootout Friday night.

Dean Ouellet and Brandon Marino had the Komets’ shootout tallies.

The game started about 45 minutes late because the Cyclones got caught in bad weather on the drive over.

Ouellet, who has been one of the hottest players in the ECHL, opened the scoring by slipping his own rebound just inside the right goalpost 12:25 into the first period. It was his first goal in his sixth game with the Komets, who signed him as a free agent after San Francisco folded. Ouellet has tallied a least a point in 11 of his last 12 games, garnering 14 points in the surge.

Goaltender Andrey Makarov kept it scoreless by gloving a Phil Bushbacher shot at the end of a 3-on-1 rush at 16:44, after which Bushbacher and William Lacasse fought.

The Cyclones finally solved Makarov at 13:40 of the second period, after he made a stop that allowed Brian Nugent to smack the puck out of the air and into the back of the net to tie it at 1.

Cincinnati went up 2-1 at 3:36 of the third period; the puck was resting on the back of the Fort Wayne net before Dan Eves knocked it off and sent it out front to Jonathan Hazen for a slapshot and a goal.

The line of Marino, Chris Auger and Ouellet stole the puck at the Cincinnati blue line, setting up a spinning pass from Auger to Marino for a goal from the right circle at 12:00, tying it at 2.

Notes: Komets forward Scott Fleming, who has 11 goals and 34 points in 40 games, didn’t play because of an ankle injury. The extent wasn’t known. … Because of all the school cancellations lately, the Komets and Comcast added another Report Card Night on Feb. 28 against Greenville. Kids with at least one ‘A’ or equivalent grade will get a free ticket by presenting a report card or note from their teacher at the Coliseum box office.

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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