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