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Sunday, April 29, 2018 9:50 pm

4 things from Game 2

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

TOLEDO – The Komets dropped Game 2 of the Central Division finals to the Toledo Walleye 2-1 today at the Huntington Center.

There are four things you need to know.

1. The Komets felt their energy was lacking.

“Tonight’s effort was a lot different than last night’s. We had way too many passengers tonight,” Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham said. “There were a lot of guys who were just not playing with the type of pace you need to play with. I know the first game was less than 24 hours ago, and we put a lot into that game, but we’ve got to find a way of digging deeper. We were doing too much chasing tonight.”

2. The Komets felt they got away from the edgy game that made them successful in the opener and kept Toledo away from the net. “Our game wasn’t where we were at last night,” Daniel Maggio said. “We changed the way we played at the beginning, myself included, and when we stick to simple, hard-nosed hockey, I think we have the edge on this team. When we don’t, things get kind of messy and scrambly, and I think that’s what happened early. We just came up short at the end.”

3. This was huge for the Walleye. “This was massive,” Walleye coach Dan Watson said. “We’re heading into a really tough building to play in, another building with great crowds that get behind their team. It’s really important to be going there 1-1 as opposed to down 0-2.”

4. The Komets confidence isn’t shaken. “I think what we learned is it’s a team we can beat,” Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski said. “These are two evenly matched teams. It’s not anything to be afraid of. We showed that if we play the right way, they’re going to be the ones having a hard time trying to beat us. We played them enough during the regular season that everyone in this room knows enough, it just comes down to us executing our game plan.”

Video highlights are above. I apologize for the audio going in and out.