The theme for the Komets tonight was that they didn't want to let down, even though they came in with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Presidents' Cup finals.
Aside from a hiccup in the second period, when they allowed back-to-back goals from Wichita's Matt Summers, they didn't.
And they won 7-3, meaning they can clinch the Cup on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
"Momentum is huge," said Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, who scored twice as did Colin Chaulk. "That's how teams win in the playoffs and we can't five them any. We don't want them to win one game. As soon as they win one, they smell blood."
The Komets were great early on, getting goals from Schrock and Bryant Molle. Their power play in the second period was deadly, as they got goals from Daniel Maggio, Chaulk and Leo Thomas, whose goal came with an extra attacker on the ice and a delayed penalty coming.
"Our power play has been hit-or-miss, you know, and we've just got to be better on the power play," defenseman Frankie DeAngelis said. "Tonight, we did a great job. Hogan came up big on a couple of shots, but we're getting chances and moving the puck well and have just got to keep doing what we're doing."
And the third period was, just, wow.
The Komets got goals from Chaulk -- after the best set up of the season from Mike Vaskivup -- and Schrock.
"We did what we had to do to get a very important win," Komets coach Al Sims said. "I thought in the third period, we played a complete period and played the way we are capable of playing."
The most amazing thing about the Komets right now is how they are getting contributions from everyone. The depth is just incredible. And they are clearly battle-hardened from the first two series, against Rapid City and Missouri.
Wichita just looks done. The Thunder isn't playing hard. It looked unprepared. And, most surprisingly, it's not playing phyically. The Thunder isn't playing half as physically as either the Rush or Mavericks did against the Komets.
And if this is what we're going to see from Bryan Hogan, the Thunder's backup goalie, in Game 4. The Thunder really is in trouble, unless Adam Russo can play, which I doubt he will.