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READING, Pa. -- The defending-champion Reading Royals got a 4-2 victory over the Komets, evening the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at one game apiece. Check out the highlights. By Justin A. Cohn.

Video, recap of Game 2 loss

Komets, Reading tied in best-of-7 series

READING, Pa. -- It was a pretty sour Komets locker room after the 4-2 loss at Santander Arena. They wanted to win. They believe they could win. So why didn't they win?

"The difference tonight was our effort without the puck and our discipline," captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock said. "We didn't support each other. When you don't do that, it's harder to communicate. We had a lack of discipline and were too emotional. We have to understand that's a championship team over there and they're going to battle back."

Here's what coach Gary Graham had to say: "We wanted two (victories), honestly, and that's the approach we have to take and that's the way we have been the last month and half. Everything we do is a game-by-game approach. We want to win every game that we go into and we prepare and plan accordingly. We're pretty disappointed."

This is an interesting: Reading's top two scorers, Ryan Cruthers and Yannick Tifu, have combined for one assist, a minus-3 rating and three shots on goal. Fort Wayne's Brandon Marino, who led the ECHL in regular-season scoring with 88 points, and who was third in MVP voting Friday, leads the series with 12 shots on goal. He has one assist and a minus-2 rating.

A fan in the stands had an Al Sims jersey. Sims, who coached the Komets to five titles between 1993 and 2012, coached Reading in 2001-02.

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