The Komets’ first visit to Orlando since the old IHL days was a successful one thanks in large part to Thomas Beauregard who scored two goals and the shootout winner against Orlando Friday.
Fort Wayne (10-8-1) did need to rally in order to secure just their third victory in nine games. The Komets have not played in Orlando since 1998.
The Montreal native gave the Komets the lead in the first period with a goal at 6:32. Brandon Marino scored next 5:55 into the second to increase the Komet lead to 2-0.
The Solar Bears (9-10-4), the Wild’s affiliate, scored the next four goals in the game. It started with Nick Peterson scoring twice by the 14:17 mark. Ryan Ginard gave the Solar Bears the lead 4:09 into the third and Ryan Cruthers made it 4-2 with 10:00 left in the game.
The Komets then mounted a fierce comeback started with Ryan Hegarty‘s goal at 10:57. Beauregard then scored with seven seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Neither team scored in overtime and the shootout ensued. Beauregard scored the only goal in the shootout giving the Komets the win.
Kenny Reiter went 40-44 in the winning effort.
In other news, Fort Wayne native Kaleigh Schrock served a one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final minutes of a 3-1 loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators last Friday.
The Komets and Solar Bears will face of again for the middle of their three game set Saturday at 7:00 PM EST (4:00 PM PST). Audio of the game is available on either through the team site or www.wowo.com