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Komets make history, oust defeding champs in double overtime

Aaron Clarke's goal in double overtime at Memorial Coliseum gave the Komets a 2-1 victory over the defending-champion Reading Royals and moved them to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 4-1 series victory. The Komets are the first eight seed in ECHL history to beat a one seed in a best-of-seven series. Check out the highlights, and there are lots, including the Mike Embach hit that drew a late game misconduct.

Video, recap of K's ousting Reading

Fort Wayne advances to Eastern Conference semifinals

The Komets are the first eighth seed in ECHL history to oust a one seed in a best-of-seven series, thanks to their 2-1 double-overtime victory Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. Here's a more unbelievable statistic: When leading a series 3-1, the Komets are now 18-0 in their 62 seasons.

Goaltender Ben Meisner stopped 39 of 40 shots, bringing his playoff total to 155 saves on 161 shots.

Check out the highlight video above for lots of stuff, including the Mike Embach clip that got him a game misconduct and might get him a suspension or fine from the ECHL.

(Lots of work go into those videos, so I appreciate it if you check them out.)

Seconds before Aaron Clarke's winning goal at 6:45 – his team-leading third of the playoffs, after he was picked up from Toledo at the trade deadline – Reading looked as if it had it won. But defenseman Matt Campanale made one too many moves and Meisner deflected the shot with his glove.

"Meisner, he played a great game," Clarke said. "That kid has been unbelievable. And that's usually how it goes; a great chance at one end and then you come down the ice and score."

Here's what Meisner had to say: "I knew he wasn't going to just shoot it, so I came out and stayed patient and I let him just kind of stickhandle in front of me. I knew in that situation, it takes you back to two-puck in practice and my quickness gives me a little bit of an edge in that situation. I kind of waited him out, which is what I was trying to do. I was lucky to get a slight, slight piece of it with my glove. That's how it goes a lot. You see a goalie make a save and the team goes the other way and scores."

Click here to see photos from the game.

Reading deserves respect; it didn't go down easily Sunday.

"Reading, tonight, their lineup was deep with horses," Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham said. "I mean, deep. And when they're in the offensive zone on a cycle and they have guys like Josh Brittain and Sean Wiles, these big tanks, playing a puck possession game, it really forces you to defend. That's where Reading did a good job. They had some sustained zone time."

The Komets lost Sy Nutkevitch to an injury in the third period -- I don't know how long he'll be out -- so the Komets were two forwards short in the overtimes.

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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