Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets fell 2-1 Friday night at Toledo in front of 6,016 at the Huntington Center. The Walleye take a 1-0 lead in the Central Division finals best-of-seven series.
All of the scoring came in the second frame and both Toledo goals came on the power play as Toledo capitalized with their man advantages. Toledo's Landon Oslanski opened the scoring at 2:27 of the second before Trevor Cheek scored the equalizer for the Komets at 9:51. A.J. Jenks scored his second marker of the playoffs for the game winner at 13:42.
It was the first time in six playoff games Fort Wayne has trailed after the second period. Toledo is now 3-1-0 when leading after the second period in the playoffs.
The Komets have had 17 man advantages in the playoffs (6 games) compared to Toledo's 29 (8 games). The Komets finished 0/2 on the power play while the Walleye were 2/5. Fort Wayne continues to lead the league in the playoffs with a 35.3 power play rating (6/17) while Toledo ranks second at 27.6% (8/29).
Fort Wayne goalie Pat Nagle suffered the loss making 22 saves on 24 shots in his sixth straight appearance. Walleye goaltender Jeff Lerg earned his second win of the post season making 24 saves.
The Komets face the Walleye at Toledo again tonight (Saturday) at 7:35pm before the series switches to Fort Wayne for game 4 Wednesday and game 5 Friday.
2017 ECHL KELLY CUP CENTRAL DIVISION FINALS
FORT WAYNE KOMETS VS TOLEDO WALLEYE
Toledo leads best-of-seven series 1-0
Game 1- Friday, April 28...........Fort Wayne 1 at Toledo 2
Game 2- Saturday, April 29.......Fort Wayne at Toledo, 7:35pm
Game 3- Wednesday, May 3.....Toledo at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm
Game 4- Friday, May 5..............Toledo at Fort Wayne, 8:00pm
Game 5- Saturday, May 6.........Fort Wayne at Toledo, 7:35pm*
Game 6- Monday, May 8...........Toledo at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm*
Game 7- Wednesday, May 10...Fort Wayne at Toledo, 7:35pm*
Get Tickets-- Tickets for the first two Komet/Walleye division finals games in Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne home playoff games #3 and #4) are on sale at the Coliseum ticket office and at www.ticketmaster.com. Also, Season Tickets with Early Bird Pricing for the 66th anniversary season are on sale now. For more information visit Komets.com or call 260-483-0011.
Komets on the air-- Fans can follow the Komet playoffs on WOWO AM 1190 and FM 107.5 with Shane Albahrani calling the play-by-play. All Komet radio broadcasts can also be heard worldwide as presented by Omni Source Radio Recycle at www.komets.com.