Here's what some of the Komets had to say after their 6-4 victory in Game 7 of the Turner Conference finals Thursday, which propelled them into the President's Cup finals, which begin Saturday and Sunday at Wichita, Kan.
Coach Al Sims: "I don't think you can say enough about our team. We've done nothing the easy way all season. We had to win the last three games of the regular season against Dayton to win the (regular-season conference) championship. We had to win the last two games (of this series) to move on. And we've always found a way to do it, whether it's a close game or whatever it may be. The character of our hockey team definitely shone through tonight. We could have folded so many times and never did. It was an epic battle between two teams that really wanted this game."
Chris Auger, who had two third-period goals: "Game 7, there's not much to say. We battled all night. We made mistakes, but they were anxious mistakes and you can't say enough this team. We worked hard. We don't make anything easy on ourselves – we let them get another goal in the third period – but look at the character and the leadership on this team. It's amazing."
Nick Boucher, who stopped 35 of 39 shots: "It was a pretty gutsy performance, I think. We were down 2-1 and down 3-2. We came back, tied the game and despite the pressure and the youth we have on the team, we played really well in the third and put it away."
Frankie DeAngelis, who had one goal and two assists: "We've got a whole bunch of characters on this team. A lot of fights. We dug ourselves a whole in this series and we crawled our way back. We took it to Game 7 and from there, we didn't come out the way we wanted to, despite scoring the first goal, but we got the results we wanted."