• Late goal portends double-OT loss

  • Frankie DeAngelis ended an 82-minute, 47-second overtime thriller Thursday night.

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  • Frankie DeAngelis ended an 82-minute, 47-second overtime thriller Thursday night.
    The Fort Wayne Komets defenseman scored a power-play goal to help visiting Fort Wayne stun the Missouri Mavericks 5-4 in double overtime Thursday at the Independence Events Center to even the CHL Turner Conference championship series at two games apiece.
    At 1:35 of the second overtime period, Dale Mahovsky was called for tripping, setting up the Komets’ power play opportunity.
    “It’s a whole new series,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “We went to their place and stole two and they came here and stole two – now, we have to win Saturday night and then go to their place and try to steal one.”
    When asked about the game-changing overtime penalty, Hillman said, “I did not see it, but there was a high-speed collision and a stick went flying – our stick! He (the official) motioned with his foot, so I don't know …
    “It’s good we have an off day tomorrow, because after a game like that, both teams will need it.”
    The game will go down in as one of the most dramatic overtime contests in team history as Missouri’s John-Scott Dickson scored at the 18:56 mark of the third period to give the Mavericks a short-lived 4-3 lead.
    With 27 seconds left in regulation, veteran forward Ed McGrane, who did not have a penalty in the entire playoffs, was called for tripping.
    Five seconds later, Jamie Milam scored a power-play goal, with just 22 seconds left, to knot the score and set up the two overtime periods.
    The Mavericks opened the game by scoring the first goal for the second night in a row as Ed McGrane fired the puck past Nick Boucher at 8:25 of the second period.
    Boucher and the Mavericks’ Charlie Effinger have been outstanding in the series as the Komets’ goaltender had 40 saves and Effinger had 46 in the fourth game of a series that promises more excitement Saturday night at the Events Center.
    “Big to get that first goal,” Hillman said, “but we didn’t do much after that, until the third period – and that was easily the best period of the (finals) series for us.”
    After McGrane scored, the Komets tied the game at 1-all on a goal by Jean-Michel Rizk. Leo Thomas and Chris Auger followed with goals to swing all the momentum toward the visitors.
    “We addressed some things, made some changes after the second period” Hillman said, “and the boys went out and executed them.”
    The Mavericks trailed 3-1 going into the final 20 minutes of regulation, but scored three goals – Andrew Courtney scored at 9:22, Mahovsky scored at 12:49 and Dickson scored what appeared to be the game winner with 1:04 left in regulation.
    “We have to come back from this loss,” Hillman said. “We have to work hard tomorrow at practice and be ready for anything Saturday night.”
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