Petruzzelli finishes wild K’s game with OT goal
The Komets came out of Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday night with their winning streak having been extended to four games and, maybe, a little sizzle to the rivalry with the Indy Fuel.
Anthony Petruzzelli netted the game-winning goal in the 3-on-3 overtime by taking a cross-ice pass from Jason Binkley, faking goaltender Matt Tomkins to the ice and slipping the puck into an open net for a 3-2 victory in front of 4,860 fans in Indianapolis.
Those fans got to see some wild physical play, beginning with Indy’s Radovan Bondra sending Cody Sol face-first into the boards just 22 seconds into the game. Sol would return and Bondra would get a major penalty. It was also the first of two boarding penalties Bondra would get in the game that saw 16 penalties for 62 minutes, including misconducts for Sol and teammates Craig Cescon and all-star Justin Hodgman.
Bondra’s second boarding call came in the second period when he sent Kevin Gibson into the boards.
Hodgman was given a fighting major and an aggressor misconduct for unleashing a flurry of punches on Indy captain Zach Miskovic, leaving his face bloodied in the second period, though the only other penalty given out at that time by referee Steven Rouillard was a hooking penalty for Indy’s Quintin Shore.
Scoring for Indy were Josh Shalla and Matt Rupert, both on power plays as Indy was 2 for 6. Fort Wayne was 0 for 4 on power plays.
Fort Wayne’s goals in regulation time came from Binkley and Shawn Szydlowski.
Lukas Hafner stopped 35 of 37 shots for the Komets (20-14-1). Tomkins stopped 25 of 28 for the Fuel (19-16-1), which is two points back of Fort Wayne for third place in the division.
Notes: The ECHL announced the referees for the All-Star Classic on Jan. 21 at Toledo, Ohio, would be Sean Fernandez and Chris Pontes. ... With Zach Fucale called up to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Thursday, the Komets added backup goaltender Hayden Stewart. He played five games this season with Orlando, going 1-3-0 with a 4.04 goals-against average and a .873 save percentage. He’d also played with Knoxville of the lower-level Southern Professional Hockey League, going 6-4-1 with a 2.90 GAA and a .906 SP. ... Defenseman Trey Phillips was away on bereavement/family leave.