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K's dominate champs in Game 3 win

With a 5-1 victory over the Reading Royals, the Komets lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals 2-1. Check out the highlights, including some of the prettiest goals of Fort Wayne's season. From April 24, 2014, at Memorial Coliseum. By Justin A. Cohn

Video, postgame reaction

Komets defeated defending champs 5-1, taking 2-1 series lead

The Komets' goal was clear tonight: Get in front of the net, wreak havoc, get to rebounds and score goals. They did that in a 5-1 victory over the Reading Royals, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Check out the video highlights in this post of some of the pretty goals.

And click here to see photos from the game.

"In front of the net, we wanted to concentrate on that," Fort Wayne's Brandon Marino said. "They've got a good team and they've got a good goalie. We knew we had to get some guys in front of him and try to create some havoc in front of their net. I thought we did a good job of doing that, getting there and winning some battles in front of the net."

How about Dean Ouellet, who had one of the sickest goals of the season in his first game after missing 17 with a concussion?

"It felt great, actually, after being out in the stands for that long," Ouellet said. "It was hard to see the guys compete and not be able to help them, but tonight I got my chance to help the team. The boys played solid for 60 minutes."

Game 4 will be tonight at Memorial Coliseum.

I think Reading may have a legitimate goaltending problem now. Riley Gill gave up a lot of rebounds, though his defense left him helpless sometimes. And Brandon Anderson, who played in Game 1, a 2-1 Fort Wayne victory, was shaky down the stretch in the regular season.

Fort Wayne's Ben Meisner has been solid in the series.

"You have to take your hat off to Fort Wayne. They came out with a lot of energy tonight," Reading assistant coach Andy Scott said. "They played their game and we kind of fell into their game a little bit.

"They were creating chances up and down the ice. I think you saw we're more effective playing the way we did in (the 4-2 victory in) Game 2, which is getting pucks deep and grinding, playing a little more defensive-oriented game."

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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