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Komets win a road thriller

Check out the highlights from the 4-3 victory over the Florida Everblades in Estero, Fla.

K's cinch shootout win

They recover from blown 3rd-period lead

Dean Ouellet and Brandon Marino had the only goals of the overtime shootout, and the Komets defeated the Florida Everblades 4-3 on Friday in a back-and-forth game in front of 4,744 fans at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.

Goaltender Ben Meisner stopped 22 of 25 shots and all four shootout attempts he faced, as the Komets (24-16-11) improved to 7-2-3 in their recent surge.

Forward Kenton Miller opened the scoring, on Fort Wayne's second shot of the game, at 4:08 of the first period. He skated down the right boards, then fired a shot from the circle that sailed into the far side of the net.

Florida's Kyle Bonis answered on a power play at 11:59.

But the Komets got a power-play goal of their own at 9:44 of the second period, after a failed clearing attempt by the Everblades allowed defenseman Jordon Southorn to score from the left circle for a 2-1 lead.

Florida goaltender Trevor Cann injured himself on the play and was replaced by Connor Knapp, who was in net for the Everblades' 4-1 victory over the Komets on Wednesday night.

Cann stopped 9 of 11 shots. Knapp turned away 14 of 15 and 1 of 3 shootout attempts for Florida (27-17-6).

Philip-Michael Devos had a game-tying short-handed goal 2:11 into the third period.

It was a turnover by Fort Wayne's Jace Coyle that led to that goal, but he atoned by scoring from 40 feet out during a 5-on-3 power play at 17:43 of the third period.

It took only 37 seconds for the Everblades to answer; they got another short-handed goal, from Brandon MacLean, off a rebound to force overtime.

Notes: Before the game, legendary Komets players Len Thornson and Norm Waslawski dropped the puck in the ceremonial faceoff. … Former Komets forward Matt Syroczynski, the 2010 Playoff MVP when the Komets won the IHL's Turner Cup, attended the game. After retiring last year from hockey, he lives in the area.

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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