FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Komets faced the Cincinnati Cyclones in game 3 of the ECHL Eastern Conference Semifinals Thursday night at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, a game that produced another fantastic finish. The game was tied 2-2 after regulation and then took two overtimes totaling an extra 31 minutes, 25 seconds of play before the Cyclones finally solved Fort Wayne goaltender Ben Meisner on their 36th shot of the game to capture the win 3-2 and secure a 2-1 series lead.
After a scoreless first period, Cincinnati claimed the second period as 15 Cyclones shots yielded two goals for a 2-0 lead at the end of 40 minutes. Josh Shalla (F) was first to score at 13:38 before Zach Budish (F) found the net 32 seconds later to send the game into the second intermission with Cincinnati leading 2-0.
The Komets turned the tables in the third period, out-shooting Cincinnati 20-3 and rallying with a pair of goals by Shawn Szydlowski (F) and Mike Embach (F) to knot the game at 2-2 and force extra time.
The first overtime of 20 minutes produced no scoring as Fort Wayne out-shot Cincinnati 8-7. Both teams battled evenly in the second overtime until the Komets were called for a delay-of-game penalty at 10:55. The penalty set up the first power play of overtime and the Cyclones capitalized with Shalla’s second of the night and ended the fifth-longest game in the history of the Komets in Fort Wayne at a total time of 91:25..
Meisner finished with 33 saves on 36 shots while Cincinnati’s goaltender Rob Madore earned the win stopping 49 of the Komets’ 51 shots. Gamesheet
The Komets and Cyclones have the day off Friday and then return to the Coliseum for game 4 of the series Saturday night at 7:30. Game 5 will faceoff Sunday at 6pm in Fort Wayne. If necessary, game 6 will be played at Cincinnati next Tuesday at 7:35pm. If game 7 is needed, it is slated for Wednesday at Cincinnati at 7:35pm.
Fort Wayne playoff games are broadcast on WOWO Radio AM 1190 and FM 92.3 with Bob Chase celebrating his 61st season behind the Komet microphone and 53rd playoff season. All games aired on Fort Wayne radio are also webcast at Xfinity KometCast.
ECHL Kelly Cup Eastern Conference Semifinal best-of-seven series
Fort Wayne Komets vs Cincinnati Cyclones
Cincinnati leads series 2-1
1) Friday, May 2, Fort Wayne 2 at Cincinnati 1
2) Saturday, May 3, Fort Wayne 2, at Cincinnati 5
3) Thursday, May 8, Cincinnati 3 at Fort Wayne 2 (2 OT)
4) Saturday, May 10, Cincinnati at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm
5) Sunday, May 11, Cincinnati at Fort Wayne, 6pm
*6) Tuesday, May 13, Fort Wayne at Cincinnati, 7:35pm
*7) Wednesday, May 14, Fort Wayne at Cincinnati, 7:35pm
* If necessary