The Dayton Gems survived a determined comeback attempt by the Fort Wayne Komets on the way to a 4-3 win.
A goal by Matthew Larke put Dayton up 4-0 in the second period, but Fort Wayne pulled to within one on Jean-Michel Rizk's tally 13:35 into the third period.
The Gems got the win thanks to a great game by Larke, who had two goals and one assist. Larke scored the first of his two goals at 6:40 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Dayton. Damian Surma assisted on the tally. Larke's next tally made the score Dayton with 3:29 left in the second period. Tim Hartung picked up the assist.
Brandon Naurato also scored for Dayton. In addition, Dayton received assists from Nick Schneider, David Nimmo, Brett Lutes, and John Kennedy, who each chipped in one.
The Komets' offense was clicking better than usual and put 35 shots on goal during the game, better than the 31.2 shots per game they average.
Fort Wayne also got a goal from Stephon Thorne as well. Other players who recorded assists for Fort Wayne were Colin Chaulk, who had two and David Starenky, Frankie DeAngelis, and Chris Auger, who contributed one a piece.
Dan Dunn made 32 saves for Dayton on 35 shots. The Gems incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Gerry Festa rejected 23 shots on goal for Fort Wayne. The Komets incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.