The Komets demonstrated their physical and mental toughness in a five-game, first-round upset of ECHL defending-champion Reading. They should be a tough opponent in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Cincinnati, which eliminated Orlando with a 2-1 win in Game 6 on Tuesday.
The Komets will play Cincinnati in the Eastern Conference semifinals
Komets forward Mike Embach was fined an undisclosed amount by the ECHL for clipping and injuring Reading's Kevin Walrod in the third period Sunday.
Still no word from the ECHL on whether Mike Embach will be suspended when the next series starts. Just a guess, but maybe they are waiting to see how Kevin Walrod's injury pans out.
We don't yet who the Komets will play in the Eastern Conference semifinals, or when that series will start, but we do know when the games at Memorial Coliseum will be.
Weeks ago, the Komets weren't even sure they'd make the postseason. Now they've knocked off the defending champion Reading Royals, the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference.
The incentive for the Komets to win Game 5 tonight at the Coliseum is simple. If they do so, they advance to the next round of the playoffs, avoid having to get back on the bus for a nine-hour ride to Reading, Pa., and won't give the defending ECHL champion Royals any confidence.
The Komets have the defending-champion Reading Royals on the ropes, thanks to a 3-1 victory tonight at Memorial Coliseum.
Patience paid off the Komets on Thursday night as they defeated Reading 5-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at at Memorial Coliseum.The Komets lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 3 is Friday at the Coliseum.
After two periods at Memorial Coliseum, the Komets lead the Reading Royals 2-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The series is tied at 1.
The Reading Royals are the defending champions of the ECHL, and it would be naïve of the Komets to think it would be easy to unseat them.
The Komets rely on their veterans to temper the enthusiasm of the highs and get through the frustration of the lows. And no one in the locker room is more even keel than Aaron Clarke, a 31-year-old forward.
Josh Brittain is looking forward to being back at, as he called it, “The Jungle” on Thursday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
“Being up in the American league, it's a different game and it's a faster game,” Josh Brittain said. “You're playing with some serious skill level and it makes you a better player.
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Lang had an ECHL-leading 44 goals and was third with 77 points in 61 games. That included 17 goals and 26 points in 24 games with the Komets, with whom he began the season before leaving the team and demanding a trade.
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READING, Pa. – Shawn Szydlowski stole the puck in the Reading Royals zone and snapped a shot into the net with 8.1 seconds remaining for a 2-1 Komets victory in Game 1 of best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals series before 3,261 fans at Santander Arena.
The Komets believe they have some reason for confidence today, as the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Reading Royals open tonight at Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.
The Komets are one of the ECHL's hottest teams heading into the playoffs: They are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games, and they hope they are peaking at just the right time.
The Komets closed the 62nd regular season in franchise history with a 4-3 overtime shootout victory over the Toledo Walleye, cemented with forward Mike Embach's goal in the seventh round Saturday night.
Of course this wouldn't be easy. Nothing else has been for these Komets, so why should something so humble as a playoff berth be any different?
The Komets seemingly always unreliable power play came through when it was needed most – Christian Ouellet scored the game-winning goal at 17:55 with the man-advantage – and Fort Wayne defeated the Evansville IceMen 4-3 at Memorial Coliseum tonight.
The Komets are on the cusp of clinching a playoff spot for the 11th time in the last 12 years and for the first time in the ECHL, yet they're still trying to improve.
The second team all-ECHL team, which was announced today, doesn't have any Fort Wayne players. Former Fort Wayne defenseman Mike Ratchuk was chosen, though.
Komets forward Brandon Marino, who leads the ECHL with 86 points in 70 games, was selected a first-team all-star by the ECHL's coaches, broadcasters, reporters and media-relations directors.
Jordon Southorn, 23, is third among ECHL defensemen in goals (13) and seventh in points (36), including his three games with Elmira. He hopes to parlay that into an AHL contract this summer.
The Komets can clinch a playoff spot Friday, depending on what happens in Wednesday's game between Florida and Reading. The Komets are in eighth place with 80 points and two games remaining. Florida is in ninth with 76 points and three games remaining.
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The Komets spent most of the game peppering the Toledo goaltender with shots. But they beat Hannu Toivonen only twice. It was enough in a 2-1 victory at Memorial Coliseum, after the Komets outshot the Walleye 46-19 on Sunday.
And now the breathing room is a little … roomier.Shawn Szydlowski unknotted it with 6:18 to play Friday night, Chris Auger and Aaron Clarke added goals in the final minute, and the Komets once again brushed aside the Toledo Walleye, 4-1, at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
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