Fort Wayne, Ind. (WFFT) - The Komets rallied late in the third period and overtime to beat the division-leading Cincinnati Cyclones in a 5-4 overtime thriller Sunday at the Memorial Coliseum.
Cincinnati got the scoring started, when Alex Wideman beat Zac Fucale on a redirect from Myles Powell just under 15 minutes in to the game. Fort Wayne scored the next two on a slapshot from Garrett Clarke and a one timer from J.C. Campagna to take a 2-1 lead in to the first intermission.
The Cyclones tied things up just 5:21 in to the second period, when Pascal Aquin scored on a power play. But again, the Komets responded on Anthony Petruzzelli's 15th goal of the season with just three minutes remaining to take a 3-2 lead after two periods.
Cincy scored twice to open the third. Eric Knodel tied the game at three two minutes in, and Brady Vail gave the Cyclones the 4-3 lead just over nine minutes later.
The K's wouldn't be able to push past the equalizer until late, when, with an empty net, Shawn Szydlowski scored his 10th goal of the year with just 41 seconds remaining to force overtime.
In overtime, Szydlowski stole a pass at the blue line before finding Mason Baptista for the game winning goal at the 2:02 mark.
Zac Fucale made 27 saves on 31 chances in the win. Michael Houser secured 23 saves in the loss.
Fort Wayne (25-18-3-6) is now tied with Kalamazoo for third place in the Central Division with 59 points.