It was all premature.
The sale of brooms, the sold-out ticket sales, the celebratory tailgating – all for naught, as the Komets lost 4-3 to the Wichita Thunder in Game 4 of the CHL’s Presidents’ Cup finals on Saturday night.
As 10,480 fans sat in shock, defenseman Frankie DeAngelis’ shot to force overtime caromed off the post with one second remaining.
It was the second time in the last 2:15 DeAngelis had hit the post, and the sixth time in the game iron had outdid what Fort Wayne thought was an ironclad chance at victory.
The Komets still lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and can close it out at Memorial Coliseum on Monday night