FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – Just 24 hours after giving themselves some much needed breathing room in the Eastern Conference playoff race – the Komets dropped a crucial home showdown with Cincinnati. The Cyclones scored two goals each in the second and third periods to come away with a convincing 5-2 win at Memorial Coliseum Saturday night.
The Cyclones struck with just 5.1 seconds remaining in the first period when Josh Shalla set Dan Eves up for his 8th goal of the season. The score stayed 1-0 until late in the second, when the Cyclones picked up a power play goal courtesy of a Paul Crowder who cleaned up a rebound in front of the Komets net. Another goal from Zach Budish less than two minutes later put the Komets in a 3-0 hole – one they would never rebound from.
Jordan Southorn tallied his 13th goal of the season in the third period, with Chris Auger adding his 28th later – but two more Cincinnati goals ensured the K’s were never close.
The loss to Cincinnati, coupled with a win by Florida over South Carolina, means the Komets lead over the Everblades for the final playoff spot in the east is down to just two points.
The Komets host Toledo on Sunday at 5 p.m.