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.
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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."
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.