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 hit the ice at War Memorial Coliseum concerned but confident heading into tomorrow’s game three against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
The Komets will try and dig out of an 0-2 hole when their first round series shifts to Cincinnati for game three on Wednesday night.
With just 32 seconds remaining the Cyclones secured their 2-0 series lead, when forward Joe Wilson sent a pass from the right side to Minella in the high slot, and he blasted a one-timer past Nagle to give the Cyclones a late 3-2 lead, and the eventual win.
The Komets were unable to take advantage of opening up the playoffs on home ice falling to the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2.
Belzile, 24, has split time between the Rampage and the Komets this season, registering six goals and four assists in 25 games with the Rampage and 10 goals and 21 helpers with Fort Wayne.
After two days off the Komets got back to the ice Tuesday morning to prepare for their upcoming first round series with Cincinnati.
After 72 games the Komets are ready for the playoffs and The News-Sentinel’s Blake Sebring and WANE-TV’s Glenn Marini break down Fort Wayne’s first round series against Cincinnati in this week’s edition of “Inside The Zone.”
The Komets will face the Cincinnati Cyclones in the first round of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs starting Friday, April 15 with an 8pm faceoff at the Memorial Coliseum.
With the win the Komets clinched the number two seed in the Western Conference assuring them home ice advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
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.
The St. Clair Shores, Michigan native leads the Komets with a career season-high of 50 assists and ranks third in the league with 74 points in 60 games.
The veteran forward scored four goals, 14 points and +13 in 26 games and was skating his 13th pro year.
The Komets could not capitalize on their opportunity to clinch second place in the Western Conference on Wednesday night falling to the Quad City Mallards 4-1 at the Coliseum.
Fort Wayne Komets head coach Gary Graham was live on WANE-TV with Jessica Starbard to preview tonight’s game against Quad City and look ahead to the upcoming playoffs.
The Komets announced Wednesday that forward Daniel Barczuk has been placed on waivers and defenseman Simon Denis has been released from his ATO.
Forward Trevor Cheek and defenseman Will Weber have been reassigned to Fort Wayne from the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL today.
Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski scored six goals, 14 assists and was +11 in 13 games during the month.
By clinching first place in the Midwest Division the Komets are guaranteed home-ice advantage for the first round.
The Komets looked dead in the water with 2:00 remaining in Sunday’s game against Evansville. Trailing 4-1 Brock Montgomery, Kyle Thomas, and Jamie Schaasfma all scored in the final two minutes to send the game to overtime.