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Last updated: Sun. Jan. 05, 2014 - 12:12 am EDT

Komets lose in overtime on controversial call

Evansville scores on disputed power play

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Sometimes it seems like referees are calling the game by watching the scoreboard so the trailing team has a chance to catch up.

Saturday night, it seemed like referee Brett Sheva was watching the weather forecast and wanted out of town as quickly as possible.

Sheva called a penalty in overtime on a phantom cross check, and the Evansville IceMen scored to beat the Fort Wayne Komets 2-1 before about 4,500 Memorial Coliseum fans. Jeremy Langlois scored his second power-play goal of the game 2:39 into the overtime on the only shot of the extra session.

``Terrible call, terrible call,'' Komets coach Gary Graham said. ``It ruined a great game between two teams that are battling for points. He put his whistle away a long time ago in the third period. It was evident to both teams that that's what was going on.''

There were several potential penalties on both sides that were ignored, especially coming off offensive chances. The final call came against Komets defenseman Jace Coyle deep in the Fort Wayne zone who tapped an Evansville forward Nathan Moon after a turnover and then the IceMan dramatically fell to the ice a full second after being touched.

``He put the whistle away at a certain point in the game, and we took several beatings that could have been penalties,'' Komets forward Chris Auger said. ``To call that on a non-scoring opportunity was really unfortunate. Both teams battled and it was physical on both sides of the ice. You never want to lose on a call like that.''

It was a pretty good hockey game up to that point, which both teams battling hard to try to find offensive chances. Komets goaltender Andrey Makarov made 36 saves, and Evansville's Allen York made 30.

``It was a good game, a tight-checking game,'' Graham said. ``It's just disappointing to see it end like that.''

The Komets' Sunday game against Kalamazoo has been postponed until Wednesday before of expected poor weather. All tickets to Sunday's game will be accepted Wednesday. The game will start at 7 p.m.

bsebring@news-sentinel.com


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