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Komets draw even with Cyclones

The Komets defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 in another overtime game.

Defenseman Jordon Southorn's shot from the blue line caromed off Cincinnati defenseman Taylor Aronson and into the net at 5:22 in a game the Komets trailed by two early on.

The best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals is tied at 2 with the teams playing Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.

After promising to avoid the lackadaisical first period they had in the 3-2 double-overtime loss in Thursday’s Game 3, the Komets came out equally stagnant Saturday. The Cyclones tallied 10 of the first 13 shots, including one off the stick of forward Matt Tinordi from 25 feet out that went into the back of the net seven seconds after a Cyclones power play expired.

Forward Logan Shaw, one of nine NHL-contracted players on the Cincinnati roster (the Komets have one), made it 2-0 by skating in from the blue line while fighting off center Scott Fleming and wristing the puck in the top of the 1:00 into the second period.

Fort Wayne’s Christian Ouellet scored on a similar play 1:38 later, at which point the Komets had been outshot 20-11. That incited a flurry of offensive opportunities for Fort Wayne, which had 13 of the next 19 shots.

But Fleming, Chris Auger, Shawn Szydlowski and Mike Embach were all stopped from point-blank range by goaltender Rob Madore.

Madore didn’t have to work much in the third period. Fort Wayne had only three shots in the first 10:00, when defenseman Matthew Maione’s one-timer from the left circle was swatted away.

But Szydlowski tied it at 14:19 by splitting the Cincinnati defense – blue-liner Mike Dalhuisen was hurting from blocking a shot seconds before – and then faking Madore out of position for an open net.

Fort Wayne goalie Ben Meisner preserved the tie by stopping forward Josh Shalla on an odd-man rush at 15:40.

For more on this game, read Sunday's Journal Gazette or return to "Ice Chips" later tonight or to after 3 a.m.

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