FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Brandon Marino came into the night as the ECHL’s leading scorer and his latest point couldn’t have come at a bigger time.
Marino’s goal with 46 seconds left in overtime earned the Komets a 3-2 win over Cincinnati in a crucial game during Fort Wayne’s playoff push.
The Komets came into the night entering the final two weeks of the regular season with just six games left and a one point lead over Florida for the eighth and final playoff spot in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.
Florida controlled the night from the get-go, with Byron Froese beating Ben Meisner for a short-handed goal midway through the first period. Meisner had just be activated earlier in the day after missing two weeks for a health issue.
Matt Carter, who was also just activated, scored four minutes later to knot the game at one.
In the second period Paul Crowder beat Meisner to give the Cyclones a 2-1 lead.
Cincinnati held that lead until there was 3:06 remaining in the third period. William Lacasse would score his first goal of the year, tying the game a 2-2 and sending it to overtime.
In OT Marino scored his 27th goal of the season on a power play to set the final at 3-2.
Meisner stopped 28 of 30 shots for the Komets.
The Komets play their final road game of the season on Friday when they travel to Toledo.