Fort Wayne claimed its first win ever against the Missouri Mavericks Thursday night as the Komets scored three goals in the third period to claim a 4-2 victory at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Fort Wayne claimed its first win ever against the Missouri Mavericks Thursday night as the Komets scored three goals in the third period to claim a 4-2 victory at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Mavericks saw their season record fall to the .500 mark (12-12-3) and lost their second road game in a row. The Mavericks are now 9-5-2 on the road and 3-7-1 at the Independence Events Center.

The 18-7-1 Komets lead the Turner Conference with 37 points while Missouri falls into a fifth-place tie with Dayton.

Ryan Jardine scored both goals for the Mavericks, who have won just two of their last eight games, and Gerry Festa stopped 37 of 40 shots. The fourth Komets goal came with an empty net in the closing minutes of the third period.

Jardine started the scoring for the Mavericks at the 15:09 mark of the first period when he split the defense and beat Komets goaltender Nick Boucher. Jardine was assisted by Dale Mahovsky and first-time CHL all-star Andrew Courtney.

The Mavericks lead lasted just over three minutes as Leo Thomas scored an unassisted short-handed goal on a breakaway to tie the game at 1-1 at the 18:16 mark.  

 The 1-1 tie remained until the opening minute of the third period when Colin Chaulk scored on a power play to give the Komets a 2-1 lead. Bobby Chaumont gave the home team a 3-1 lead at 14:36 of the third period.

Missouri fought back and made it a one-goal game on Jardine’s second goal of the night with 1:23 remaining in regulation. The goal came with an extra attacker on the ice for the Mavericks and Sebastien Thinel earned the lone assist.  Missouri still had Festa pulled from the net in favor of the extra attacker when Chaulk made it a 4-2 final on an empty-net goal.  

Missouri is now 3-1-0 against Fort Wayne. The Mavericks finished 0 for 2 on the power play and the Komets ended 1 for 2 with the man advantage.  Fort Wayne had 41 shots compared to 30 for Missouri.

The Mavericks continue their three-games-in-three-nights stretch tonight when they travel to Bloomington to take on the Blaze at 7:05 p.m. Missouri will return home at 7:05 p.m. Saturday to take on the Texas Brahmas in a New Year’s Eve showdown.

FIRST-TIME ALL STAR: Andrew Courtney learned that he was named a reserve on the Turner Conference all-star team Thursday morning. He was unavailable for comment Thursday. The Examiner will have a full story on his reaction to making the squad in Saturday’s paper.