Jacksonville Sports Day

Bonts: Bad Behavior Abounds in Icemen, Komets Series

Photo by Jim Brady/Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville defeated Fort Wayne 5-4 in ovetime Friday night before 6,436 at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Mike Hedden scored the winner just 30 seconds in OT. Chris Lang picked up the assist on Hedden’s sixth goal of the season.

Adam Carlson, in one his best outings on the season, made 36 saves in the win.

But what fans will probably remember most is the 73 minutes in penalties the Icemen racked up. Also a melee that was reminicent of the old Jacksonville Rockets feud with the Charlotte Checkers or Greensboro Generals in the sixties.

Not the normal ECHL fare. The Komets (21-16-6) had 63 minutes in penalties.

The officials lost control early. And often. Three fights going on simultaneously in the opening stanza set the table for the second period main event.

Goalie Patrick Munson was blocked skating to the Komets bench on a delayed penalty call. That started the broohaha that saw Jacksonville’s Emerson Clark and Fort Wayne’s Chase Stewart ejected. Both for abusing an official.

The ECHL is reviewing the incident at 9:21 of the second period. Discipline will be announced next week, pending hearings with the ECHL Hockey Operations Department.

Munson was also thrown out for slashing. Causing the Komets to go with Cole Kehler in the net. And opening the door to the Icemen’s comeback performance.

John Albert scored twice for Jacksonville (14-22-5). Brendan Warren and Adam Dauda also tallied for the Icemen.

GAME NOTES: Fort Wayne’s first two goals were scored on power plays…Jacksonville defenseman Dalton Thrower received a game misconduct for getting involved in a secondary altercation…Fort Wayne’s Olivier Galipeau scored his seventh goal of the season to send the game into OT.

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