RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Komets had a chance to steal Game 1. But their lead in the third period lasted only 2 minutes, 37 seconds, before things imploded.
The Rapid City Rush unleashed four unanswered goals at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to take the opening game of the best-of-seven Turner Conference semifinals 6-3.
The Komets won the conference in the regular season and are the higher-seeded team but have to play the first two games of the 2-3-1-1 formatted series here because Disney on Ice is at Memorial Coliseum.
The teams met in the best-of-five conference semifinals last year – that series went the distance – and the common thread has been Fort Wayne’s inability to beat the Rush here.
Game 2 is tonight.