Fort Wayne, IN — The Komets fell 4-3 in overtime Sunday night at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne to give the Cyclones a 3-2 best-of-seven Eastern Conference series lead. It was the third straight game of the series that needed overtime to determine a winner after the Komets clipped the Cyclones last night 3-2 in extra time.
Cincinnati’s Logan Shaw opened the scoring with the only goal of the first frame at 5:52. The Komets answered with two straight tallies from Dean Ouellet and Shawn Szydlowski to give Fort Wayne a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. Cincinnati’s Zach Budish scored the equalizer to make it 2-2 at 5:12 of the third before Fort Wayne’s Kaleigh Schrock hit the net at 16:04 to give the Komets a brief lead as Josh Birkholz connected 22 seconds later for the Cyclones to send the game into overtime knotted at 3-3. Cincinnati’s Jonathan Hazen collected the game winner at 1:46 of overtime.
Komet goaltender Ben Meisner suffered the loss making 28 saves while Cincinnati’s Rob Madore earned his seventh win of the playoffs stopping 30 of 33 Fort Wayne shots. (gamesheet)
The Komets will travel to Cincinnati for game 6 Tuesday at U.S. Bank Arena at 7:35pm. If game 7 is necessary, 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 3-2
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 2 at Fort Wayne 3 (OT)
5) Sunday, May 11, Cincinnati 4 at Fort Wayne 3 (OT)
6) Tuesday, May 13, Fort Wayne at Cincinnati, 7:35pm
*7) Wednesday, May 14, Fort Wayne at Cincinnati, 7:35pm
* If necessary