North Division rivals Cincinnati and Fort Wayne meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time.
The Cyclones are in the second round for the sixth time in the last eight years and are coming off of a 4 games to 2 win over Orlando in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Byron Froese led the Cyclones in the opening round with five goals and seven points while Wade Megan is tied for the lead among rookies in the postseason with four goals, including a pair of game-winning tallies.
Fort Wayne upset the defending Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals in the first round, becoming the first eight seed to defeat a one seed since 2005. Shawn Szydlowski led the Komets in the series with six points (2g-4a) while goaltender Ben Meisner ranks second in the postseason with a .963 save percentage and third with a 1.10 goals-against average.
During their eight head-to-head meetings in the regular season, the road team enjoyed success with the Cyclones going 3-0-1 at Fort Wayne and the Komets winning all four games in Cincinnati. Overall, Cincinnati went 3-4-1 in the season series while Fort Wayne went 5-1-2. Josh Birkholz led Cincinnati against the Komets with three goals and five points while Brandon Marino, who led the ECHL in scoring in the regular season, paced Fort Wayne in the season series with 13 points (6g-7a).
Game 1 – Friday, May 2 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati
Game 2 – Saturday, May 3 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati
Game 3 – Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne
Game 4 – Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne
Game 5 – Sunday, May 11 at 6 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, May 13 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, May 14 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati (If Necessary)