A three-goal first-period advantage wasn't enough for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles as they allowed the Fort Wayne Komets to rally for a 6-5 victory Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.
Fort Wayne's Lonnie Loach scored the first goal of the game, but the Eagles roared back with four straight scores, including three power play goals."Our game plan was to come out hard," said Eagles coach Bob Francis. "We wanted to get off to a good start. We wanted to play disciplined hockey, particularly our defensemen. The guys initiated the physical part of things, didn't retaliate, and our power play came through for us as a result."
The Komets weren't ready to fold yet, however. Loach scored his second goal 19 seconds into the second period, and a couple minutes later Ian Boyce scored to make it 4-3 Eagles.
In the final period, the Komets' Scott Gruhl scored a power-play slap shot 31 seconds after the face-off, and then Loach took over, scoring his 49th and 50th goals of the season to put Fort Wayne ahead 6-4.
Paul Kruse pulled the Eagles within one on a goal in the final minute, but the Komets held the Salt Lake team off over the final 38 seconds for the victory.
The Eagles' second straight loss drops them to 42-26-5 for the season. The Komets are 39-30-5.
The Eagles now return home, where they will face Phoenix in the Salt Palace Wednesday night.