CINCINNATI (WANE) – Facing a “must win” situation after dropping games one and two of their first round playoff series against the Cyclones the Komets rose to the challenge in game three Wednesday in Cincinnati, cruising to an 8-0 win at U.S. Bank Arena.
The Komets got on board just 1:12 into the first period as Alex Belzile would stake Fort Wayne to an early 1-0 lead. At 5:31 Troy Bourke would net his second goal of the playoffs followed by a Kyle Thomas power play goal at 16:55 to give the Komets a 3-0 lead after the first period.
In the second frame the goals kept on coming. Belzile would net his second tally of the night at 5:14 – this one short-handed – to make it 4-0 Komets. Belzile’s goal would spell the end of the evening for Cincinnati goalie Brad Thiessen, who stopped just 9 of 13 shots after slowing Fort Wayne’s offense in the first two games of the series.
Shawn Szydlowski would net a power play goal at 9:57 then follow it with another tally a little more than three minutes later. Garrett Thompson would light the lamp at 16:01 on the second period, giving the Komets at 7-0 lead heading into the final frame of regulation.
Paul Crowder scored his first goal of the playoffs at 5:35 in the third period to make it 8-0 Fort Wayne.
Pat Nagle stopped all 21 shots to record a shutout for the Komets.
Game four of the best-of-seven series is set for 7:35 p.m. Friday in Cincinnati. Game five will be Saturday in Cincinnati with the series returning to Fort Wayne for games six and seven, if necessary.