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Setting playoff stage

In the regular season, the Komets went 1-2-1 against Reading, which hasbeen led by Ryan Cruthers’ 16 goals and 56 points in 53 games and Yannick Tifu’s 19 goals and 48 points in 60 games.

The Royals have a pair of former Fort Wayne players: forward Josh Brittain, who has 14 goals and 26 points in 36 games, and defenseman Bryant Molle, who has 11 assists and 100 penalty minutes in 67 games.

“We’ve been on a roll here and playing great. I think we have a great chance. We need to tighten up some areas of our game, but it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Fort Wayne forward Aaron Clarke, after the Komets completed the regular season with a 4-3 victory over Toledo in an overtime shootout on Saturday night at the Coliseum.

The Komets are comfortable playing on the road, where they are 20-13-3. The Royals are 24-10-2 at Santander Arena.

Here's the full schedule for the series:

1) Thursday, April 17 at Reading, 7:05pm

2) Saturday, April 19 at Reading, 7:05pm

3) Thursday, April 24 at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm

4) Friday, April 25 at Fort Wayne, 8pm

5) *Sunday, April 27 at Fort Wayne, 6pm

6) *Tuesday, April 29 at Reading, 7:05pm

7) *Wednesday, April 30 at Reading, 7:05pm

*- If necessary

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at