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Holy cow, a power-play goal

CINCINNATI -- You won't believe it. It's unbelievable. The Komets have scored a power-play goal. It came from Mike Embach 17:00 into the second period, off a slapshot from the left circle, and it tied Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at 1 with the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Cincinnati’s Wade Megan had so many chances early in the game, one had to wonder if he would ever find the back of the net.

In Cincinnati’s first shot of the game – 7:10 into the first period – he had a breakaway but was stopped by goaltender Ben Meisner, who also thwarted Megan’s shot off the rebound.

Megan did get the puck past Meisner on an 18-foot shot at 11:30, but it ricocheted off the crossbar. And he had two chance to score on wraparounds at 8:00 of the second period, but Meisner was there to close the gap at the right goalpost.

But a pass from forward Barry Almeida from the left corner set up Megan for a goal and a 1-0 lead, as he chipped it over Meisner at 8:13 for a 1-0 lead.

At that point, the Komets had outshot the Cyclones 15-9 but gotten only one great scoring chance; forward Shawn Szydlowski got behind the defense but his shot caromed off the mask of goalie Rob Madore early in the second period.

Meisner, who came into the night having stopped 96.3 percent of the shots he’s faced, remained strong and gloved a Dan Eves shot at the end of a 3-on-1 rush at 13:11 of the second period.

Then Embach tied it, after the Komets had been 0 for 15 in the playoffs on power plays.

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