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Komets notebook

Penalty-killers keep Royals from feasting

– The Komets lost 4-2 to the Reading Royals on Saturday, tying the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game apiece.

But there’s no blaming the Komets’ penalty-killing unit.

True, it allowed the first goal of the game, but in the third period, the Komets didn’t allow a single shot on goal during three Reading power plays, including 1:07 of a 5-on-3 advantage, and Reading was 1 for 4 in the game.

The Royals’ only real shot toward the net during the 5-on-3, when the game was tied at 1, was blocked by forward Chris Auger.

“That was a big momentum shift for us,” Komets defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin said. “We stopped that 5-on-3 and were able to just grind it out.”

Tale of statistics

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 leads the series with 12 shots on goal. He has one assist and a minus-2 rating.

Penalty problems

Fort Wayne has 26 penalty minutes, 16 more than Reading.

“We took too many penalties,” Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham said. “That also put us in a position where we had some tired legs for some key guys that we needed at the end.”

Ice chips

The Komets played without Kenton Miller, Sy Nutkevitch, Justin Sefton and Dean Ouellet.

jcohn@jg.net

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