Things have opened up in the second period at Memorial Coliseum.
A power play early in the period gave Fort Wayne the first lead of the series. Defenseman Guy Dupuis' slapshot from the blue line ricocheted off the left goalpost and landed on the stick of forward Justin Hodgman, who wristed it into the top of an open net at 1:18.
Two minutes later, though, the Generals' John Ronan tied it, controversially, with a power-play goal of his own. He sent a rebound into the net, however, the goal had clearly been knocked off its moorings already. Referee Jim Hawthorne wasted no time and spoke to no one, including the linemen or goal judge, before awarding the goal, as the 8,089 fans looked on in disbelief.
The fourth-seeded Generals took a 2-1 lead at 8:54, after former NHL player Bryan Smolinski skated out from behind the Fort Wayne net and sent a crossing pass to Jamie Schaafsma, who beat goaltender Nick Boucher.
The Komets responded at 13:34. Dupuis chipped the puck from the right circle and center Justin Chwedoruk went airborne to catch the puck, then he dropped it and shot it past goalie Rob Nolan to tie it at 2.