Fort Wayne, IN 3/15/08 --- The Komets became the first minor league pro team in North America Saturday night to clinch a regular season championship with a 4-3 shootout victory over the visiting Flint Generals at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. The Komets have won regular season titles four times out of the last six years.
The win also pushed Fort Wayne's franchise record of consecutive home wins to 20 games. The IHL's record is 22 set in 1965-66 by the Muskegon Mohawks.
Winger P.C. Drouin put the Komets on the board first at 7:27 of the first period before Flint scored three unanswered goals. General Justin Depretis notched a pair in the first and skater Jordan Black added a third in the second period. Fort Wayne winger Luciano Aquino tallied the Komets second goal at 8:43 of the second. Drouin scored his second goal of the night at 5:40 of the third period to knot the game at three apiece and send it into overtime. After a scoreless overtime Komet winger Konstantin Shafranov was the only shooter in the three-round shootout to find the back of the net to give the Komets their 10th straight win and clinch the IHL Huber Trophy.
Komet goaltender Kevin Reiter made 29 saves in 65 minutes of play and stopped all three Flint attempts in the shootout for his 26th win of the season and fifth straight. Flint netminder Eric Marvin registered his seventh shootout loss of the season making 38 saves and stopping two out of three Fort Wayne shootout attempts.
The Komets outshot the Generals 41-32 for their 22nd consecutive game outshooting the opponent.
The Komets improved to 45-12-5-1 for 96 points to maintain a 29-point margin over second-place Port Huron. Flint fell to 27-22-3-9 and extended their losing streak to three games.
The Komets will be idle Sunday and travel to Kalamazoo Monday, March 17, for a 7pm faceoff against the Wings at Wings Stadium. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the game will played on green ice. The next Fort Wayne home game will be Wednesday at 7:30pm when the Flint Generals return to do battle at the Coliseum.
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