WICHITA, Kan. (Feb. 8) – Wichita failed to hold onto a two-goal lead on Thursday night, losing to Fort Wayne in overtime, 4-3, at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Jeremy Masella, Jason Pineo and Jay Dickman provided the offense for the Thunder. Trevor Gorsuch made 47 saves in the losing effort.
Just 3:23 into the game, Masella wired a shot from just inside the Komets line that got past Ryan Fanti and made it 1-0.
Ethan De Jong tied the game on the power play at 11:03 with a one-timer from the left circle.
At 13:56, Dickman jumped on a rebound near the right post and put home a power play marker to re-gain the lead for Wichita.
Pineo made it 3-1 at 15:01. Dillon Boucher caught up to a clearing attempt and fed it across the slot. Pineo one-timed it through Fanti for his seventh of the year.
The Komets mounted their comeback with three-unanswered goals. Ethan Keppen cut the lead to one at 10:03 of the second. Jack Dugan found him through the slot and he fired home a one-timer for his 11th of the year.
In the third, Connor Corcoran tied the game at 18:53. He hammered a one-timer from the left circle past Gorsuch's blocker for his fifth of the year and forced overtime.
Ture Linden netted the game-winner at 3:13 of the overtime session. Corcoran fired a shot from the high slot through traffic. The puck laid near the top of the crease and Linden beat Gorsuch from in-close to give the Komets a 4-3 win.
Wichita was 1-for-3 on the power play. Fort Wayne was 1-for-6 on the man advantage.
The Thunder have played in back-to-back games past regulation. Pineo has goals in back-to-back contests. Dickman tallied his 10th power play goal of the year. Jake Wahlin has points in back-to-back outings.
Wichita remains at home on Saturday night at 7:05 to host Fort Wayne for the final time this season.
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