Even after their 4-1 loss to the Rapid City Rush tonight -- the Rush scored four unanswered in the third period at Memorial Coliseum -- the Komets spoke confidently about their chances of closing out the series Tuesday in Rapid City, S.D.
"There won't be a guy in this room who won't be ready to go and know what their job is," forward Chris Auger said. "We're going to go up to Rapid City, be hostile, and we're going to take it from them. We've played well up there before and we're looking forward to another challenge."
Added Fort Wayne coach Al Sims: "We're the best road team in the league, and I expect to win on the road.
Fort Wayne was 21-11-1 on the road in the regular season, then split the first two games at Rapid City, losing 6-3 and winning 3-1.
The Rush was 21-9-3 at home in the regular season.
So what happened in this game, which trimmed the Komets' lead in the best-of-seven Turner Conference semifinals to 3-2?
"I just think we sat back too much all night, after we got the first goal," center Colin Chaulk said.
Mike Vaskivuo, who had Fort Wayne's only goal, said: "I thought we kind of let up a little bit. We got away from what we were trying to do, just playing simple, getting the pucks deep and banging. We got away from that and they countered with the same thing we had been successful with. And we had a couple (defensive) letdowns there in the third period and they capitalized."
There's not an update to give on Brett Smith, who left the game late with an undisclosed injury. His status will be evaluated Tuesday.
I would hope the CHL will look at the Les Reaney hits on Leo Thomas and Jamie Milam for possible discipline.
As for defenseman Brent Henley, who missed Game 5 for his kneeing on Collin Circelli in Game 4, I asked him what he thought about it.
"I think my name is Brent Henley, and I play for the Fort Wayne Komets," he said. "It was a clean hit."
Henley will be back for Game 6.
Check back later for video. And, yes, I will be in South Dakota covering Game 6.