FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Mike Embach’s goal and Steven Summerhays’ subsequent save clinched a win 4-3 win over Toledo for the Komets on the final night of regular season hockey.
The Komets, who clinched a spot in the postseason with a win on Friday night, are the eighth seed in the playoffs. They now prepare for top-seeded Reading, who won the Kelly Cup last season.
Brandon Marino scored his 30th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the first. A Simon Danis Pepin goal in the second frame gave the Komets a 2-1 lead heading into the third. When Jason Dale found the net just 1:50 into the third it looked like Fort Wayne could coast to a win. However, Toledo’s Maxim Shalunov would score just a few minutes later to cut that lead to 3-2. With just 16.6 seconds left in regulation Shalunov would light the lamp again to knot the game at 3-3 and send it to overtime.
After a scoreless overtime the game would go to a shootout. Both teams converted one of their five attempts – Shawn Szydlowski scoring for the Komets – sending the game into a sudden death shootout. Neither team would convert on their first attempt, but Embach would find the net in Fort Wayne’s second sudden death try, putting the pressure on Toledo. Summerhays would stop Kyle Bodie’s shot, earning a 4-3 win for the Komets.
Summerhays finished the night stopping 29-of-32 shots.
The Komets end the regular season with a 36-24-7-5 record.