READING, Penn. (WANE) – Shawn Szydlowski stole the puck and found the back of the net with 8.1 seconds left in the third period, earning the Komets a 2-1 win over the Reading Royals in the first game of their best-of-seven first round playoff series.
Reading opened the scoring at 12:25 in the first period when Josh Brittain beat Ben Meisner. Brittain played the majority of last season with the Komets, but gave the Royals a 1-0 lead after one.
In the second period Mike Embach continued his solid play, netting a short handed goal at 16:47 to knot the game at 1-1.
Ben Meisner stopped 20-of-21 shots in goal to earn the win. Reading’s Brandon Anderson stopped 37-of-39.
Game two will be Saturday in Reading at 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, April 19 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading
Game 3 – Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne
Game 4 – Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne
Game 5 – Sunday, April 27 at 6 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 29 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 30 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading (If Necessary)