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  • John Schultz | Quad-City Times The Komets' Gabriel Desjardins, right, battles for the puck with the Mallards' Andrew Panzarella on Wednesday at the iWireless Center.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:50 am

Finding the Komets' Game 3 hero

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

MOLINE, Illinois -- I had some fun trying to figure out who had designed the play that resulted in Kyle Thomas' overtime goal in the Komets' 4-3 victory Wednesday over the Quad City Mallards, a game that gave Fort Wayne a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Click here to read that story.

Below are two sets of videos from the game. The second has Thomas' winning tally. After the videos, you will find more coverage from the series.

 

By the way, the Thomas goal was set up by a power play on Grant Arnold for not leaving the ice after his helmet came off. It's either a bizarre rule or a bizarre interpretation of it because he didn't really have an opportunity to come off because the puck remained in the Mallards' end. I don't think, personally, it's reasonable to expect a player to abandon the play entirely to go to the faraway bench.

Click here to read coverage from the Quad-City Times.

And click here to read the coverage from QConline.com.

The worst thing that might have happened to the Mallards, aside from the loss, was Kalamazoo evening its series with top-seeded Toledo at two games apiece. The Komets would love nothing more than to complete a sweep and let the Walleye and Wings beat up on one another for awhile before the next series. In other words, the Komets have a little more incentive to come hard in Friday's Game 4.

jcohn@jg.net