Mavericks Come from Behind to Top Komets, 3-2
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A big night from the Mavericks' second line propelled Kansas City (28-27-0-2) to top the Fort Wayne Komets (38-14-2-1) by a 3-2 final score Friday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
The second line of Corey Durocher (one goal, one assist)Mark Cooper (two goals) and Jared VanWormer (two assists) led the way in the come-from-behind win.
The win for the Mavericks snapped a six-game win streak for Fort Wayne and was the Komets' first regulation loss since January. It was also the first time all season that the Komets lost when leading through two periods.
The Komets led through one period after claiming the lone goal of the opening 20 minutes, a redirection from Marco Roy that lit the lamp for an early edge. The teams were tied at seven shots apiece heading into the locker room.
Cooper tied it up in the second, tapping in a perfect cross-crease feed on a two-on-one break from VanWormer 7:31 into the frame. Justin Hodgman put the visitors back on top heading into the second intermission.
Once again it was number 26 who lit the lamp for the Mavericks in the third, a gritty goal on a loose puck in front 6:11 into the third to once again pull even with the Komets.
The teams battled to a stalemate deep into the third, tied until Durocher came through with the game-winning goal with less than a minute remaining to seal the win.
The Mavericks and Wings meet again Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. for Hockey Heritage Night.186
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