Garrett Thompson scored the game winning goal with seven minutes, 19 seconds left in regulation as the Fort Wayne Komets (39-15-3) rallied from a 3-1 third period deficit to defeat the host Quad City Mallards (20-34-4) 4-3 Sunday.
Thompson broke in alone to snap a 3-3 deadlock with the Komets' third unanswered goal. Dennis Kravchenko had started the Fort Wayne comeback by reducing the Mallard lead to 3-2 from close range at 4:48 of the third. Two minutes, eight seconds later Gabriel Desjardins scored the equalizer from the doorstep.
The Mallards fell after twice building two-goal leads. The Mallards' Gergo Nagy scored the opening goal from the right wing boards at 2:31 of the first period. Just 56 seconds later Matt Pohlkamp finished off a 2-on-1 rush to give the Mallards a 2-0 cushion. The Komets' Bobby Shea cut the gap to 2-1 by rifling the puck home from the slot at 18:02 of the first.
The Mallards moved back in front by a pair when Jamie Tardif tipped the puck in at 10:38 of the second period but the Komets would roar back in the third.
The Mallards return to action on the road Wednesday night against the Wichita Thunder. The Mallards next play at home Wednesday night, March 14 at 6:35 p.m. against the Toledo Walleye. Fans can enjoy $1 10-ounce beers from TaxSlayer Center concession stands during all Wednesday home games.
Tickets for the March 14 game- and all Mallards regular season home games- are also now on sale at the TaxSlayer Center box office, Ticketmaster toll free charge-by-phone (1-800-745-3000) and ticketmaster.com. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.