By CARL WIEGMAN
Irwin Gross, a near bald hockey player who was constantly in the Komets' hair last night, broke a 3-3 tie with one second left to play in the game as the Windsor Bulldogs spoiled the Komets' home opener by a 4 3 score before 8,013 fans at Memorial Coliseum. Several hundred people were turned away as the house was sold to capacity.
Those who did get in saw a thriller and a fairly well-played game for the first of the season.
Windsor, Allan Cup champions of last year, made it three in a row over the Komets this sea-son, two Bulldog victories having come in exhibition games.
The Komets will try to break the spell this afternoon when they meet the Bulldogs on Windsor ice.
More accurate passing, a better defense and some spectacular goal tending by Wayne Rutledge proved to be the difference as Windsor carried the game to the Komets all the way. The visitors were never behind and had a two-goal advantage twice in the contest.
Fort Wayne tied the score at 3-3 on a fluke goal by Cal Purinton with 7:14 gone in the third period. His shot was deflected by Bulldog defenseman Bud Hillman and hopped into the cage past the startled Rutledge.
Gross, who had two of the visitors' four goals, had a hand in the other two, getting assists on the first two.
Maisonneuve Gets Komet Goal
The game was 24 minutes and 16 seconds old before the Komets broke the scoring ice on a backhand shot by winger Roger Maisonneuve. By that time Windsor had scored twice on goals by Jerry Serviss in the first period and by Bob Brown in the second. The first Windsor goal was somewhat embarrassing since the Komets had a two-man advantage at the time.
However, Gross shot a bullet at goalie Chuck Adamson who cleared it but Serviss was right there for the rebound. Brown's goal was a screen shot coming right after a faceoff.
Brown hit the post with a shot after Maisonneuve had scored for the Komets and Gross hit the bounding puck in to make it 3-1
Len Thomson got the Komets close again at 12:29 of the second
when he shoved the disc past Rutledge after Captain Eddie Long had carried it from behind the nets and left it for Red.
In the third period Purinton got his lucky goal and Gross scored off the faceoff with five seconds left. Begin passed i' Gross whose shot went into the cords with one second showing.
ICE CHIPS — The crowd was the largest opening night audience in history . . . Defenseman Tom
Micallef of Windsor suffered a badly cut thigh in the second period. Coach Joe Klukay of the Bulldogs said that Micallef would he lost for three to four weeks . . . The Bulldogs will leave on a lour of Russia and several other European countries on Nov. 11. They'll be gone for nearly three weeks . . . The Komets' next home game will be Wednesday night against Muskegon and it will begin at 7:30 p.m. .. . Coach Ken Ullyot has received word from Merv Dubchek and Emiles Gilles, a pair of defensemen who will join the Komets this week.