A power-play goal by defenseman Jason Binkley 15:49 into the third period ensured the Komets got a point for the standings, but the Komets’ winless skid has reached six games.
Just 21 seconds into overtime, Justin Taylor fired a shot from 50 feet out to give the Kalamazoo Wings a 3-2 victory over the Komets, in front of an announced crowd of 2,856 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Komets (15-10-5) and Wings (11-14-3) meet again 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum, where the Komets will try to break from their 0-3-3 slump.
It looked for awhile they might get the victory Saturday, when goaltender Dylan Ferguson stopped 27 of 30 shots. Kalamazoo’s Jake Kielly stopped 42 of 44.
The scoreless first period saw the Wings outshoot the Komets 11-7.
But the Komets’ offense came alive in the second period, when Fort Wayne had nine of the first 11 shots and 19 of the first 24, including an Anthony Petruzzelli one-timer from the slot for a 1-0 lead at 12:48. It was set up by A.J. Jenks’ pass from the corner through a slew of defenders.
The Wings took control in the third period, though, when Matheson Iacopelli and Taylor scored 53 seconds apart, Iacopelli’s coming on the power play.
Kalamazoo has won four in a row.