INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – For the second time this week the Komets failed to clinch the number two seed in the Western Conference playoffs, falling 5-2 to the Indy Fuel in the next-to-last game of the regular season.
A win against the Fuel would have clinched the no. 2 seed, earning the Ks home ice advantage for the first two rounds of the postseason.
The trouble began in the first period with the Komets giving up two goals before David Friedmann got Fort Wayne on the board with his third tally of the season with 1:12 left in the period.
A Daniel Ciampini goal early in the second period would up Indy’s lead to 3-1. However, all-ECHL second-teamer Shawn Szydlowski would blast a slap shot into the net at 7:47 for his 25th goal of the year, cutting Indy’s lead to 3-2.
Following a high-sticking penalty on Garrett Meurs Indy would take advantage of the power play as Anders Franzon would rip a shot past Spencer Martin to make it 4-2.
In the third Ben Marshall’s goal was icing on the cake as Indy set the final at 5-2.
The Komets out-shot the Fuel 41-30. Martin stopped 25-of-30 shots on the night.
The Komets wrap up the regular season Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Coliseum against the Fuel. After the game the annual team awards will be presented.