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  • Tony Bailey Photography Komets forward Phelix Martineau prepares to send a pass to Artur Tyanulin at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Sunday, as the Cyclones' Daniel Muzito-Bagenda tries to defend.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 7:30 pm

K's relishing series win

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

CINCINNATI – What did Phelix Martineau have to say about his game-winning goal?

“It’s just a great feeling,” Martineau said. “I got the puck and I was alone, so I just put everything I had into it. It ended up good for me.”

Video of it is above.

Martineau has three goals and six points in five playoff games.

Captain Jamie Schaafsma said this of the contributions of the Komets' newest players: "It’s great for us. As a team, you always look to add players right at the end and get those junior guys. I think the guys (Kevin McKernan, Anthony Petruzzelli and Martineau) we’ve got in here they’ve worked hard and brought a certain element that maybe we were missing. It’s great to see those guys come in and have some success. It’s been an extra boost for our team. It’s great and I love having those guys here."

Remember who the Komets are missing: Justin Hodgman (NHL experience), Daniel Maggio (AHL), Ryan Culkin (AHL) and Marco Roy (AHL). That you can have rookies come in and fill in aptly is incredible.

Komets goalie Michael Houser is keen on not having to face Justin Vaive, who had a goal today, in the next round. He said: "That’s a good (Cincinnati) team over there and I’m glad we don’t have to deal with Vaive in front of the net anymore. There’s no one else in the league like him I don’t think with how big and how good he is. He’s a pain for me and he takes a toll on your defensemen.”

Here's the schedule for the next series: 

Central Division finals

Komets vs. Toledo

Game 1: At Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Game 2: At Toledo, 5:15 p.m. Sunday

Game 3: At Memorial Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. May 2

Game 4: At Coliseum, 8 p.m. May 4

Game 5: At Toledo, 7:30 p.m. May 5*

Game 6: At Coliseum: 7:30 p.m. May 8*

Game 7: At Toledo, 7:30 p.m. May 9*

*If necessary