With Campagna out, Komets lose in OT

March 24, 2019

Logan Nelson got the rebound of his own shot, spun in the corner and sent a pass to Josh Shalla, whose shot from 15 feet was the difference in the Indy Fuel’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Komets on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Despite getting a point in the standings, the Komets (31-23-10) are now tied with Kalamazoo for third in the Central Division, though Fort Wayne has played one fewer game.

All-star forward Justin Hodgman, who had missed the Komets’ 3-2 loss Friday to the Cincinnati Cyclones because of a foot injury, was back in the lineup. But J.C. Campagna, who was tied for the ECHL’s goal-scoring lead with 34, did not play and is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

The Komets started rookie goaltender Alex Dubeau, one day after they signed him, and he stopped 35 of 38 shots.

In the loss, Kyle Hope and Sean Flanagan each scored, as Hope put the Komets up 1-0 and Flanagan gave the road team a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Matt Tomkins stopped 21 of 23 shots for the Fuel (31-30-4).

Notes: The Komets’ Shawn Szydlowski received no punishment from the ECHL for his part in a fracas after the final buzzer Friday.