FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – The Komets know the easiest road to the playoffs is to keep winning. They’ve done their part, posting a 5-1-1 record of their last seven games. With that said, the K’s postseason ticket could be punched Wednesday night without anyone having to do so much as lace up a skate. Should Florida lose at home to Greenville, the Everblades will officially be eliminated from playoff contention, securing the Komets as the 8th and final team in the Eastern Conference postseason.
While several players told NewsChannel 15 Sports Wednesday morning that the idea of going into the final weekend of the regular season already guaranteed a playoff spot would be a welcome, to a man the team remains focused on the next opponent at hand – Evansville. With a potential opening round match-up with defending ECHL champion Reading looming, head coach Gary Graham says continuing to build momentum will be key with home contests against the IceMen and Toledo awaiting this weekend.
In addition to a playoff berth, Komets forward Brandon Marino is also approaching history himself. Entering the final week of the season, Marino’s 86 total points is eight more than the next closest skater. Should he in fact hold on to that lead, Marino will become the first K’s player to win a league scoring title since Lonnie Loach captured the IHL scoring title during the 1990-91 season. To date, Marino is tied with Chris Auger for the team lead with 29 goals and has a team-best 57 assists.