Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets fell 3-2 to the Toledo Walleye Wednesday night in Fort Wayne to give Toledo a 3-0 lead in the Central Division finals best-of-seven series.
Fort Wayne's Garrett Thompson opened the scoring 29 seconds into the second period after a scoreless first stanza to give the Komets a 1-0 lead. The Walleye answered with A.J. Jenks' third goal of the post-season at 9:14. Gabriel Desjardins beat Toledo goalie Jeff Lerg in close on Fort Wayne's first short-handed goal of the playoffs and the Komets went into the second intermission up 2-1.
Toledo's Evan Rankin potted his sixth of the playoffs at 4:11 of the third frame before Jenks marked his second of the night to give the Walleye a 3-2 lead with 3:05 remaining in the game.
With Toledo's Rankin and Matt Caito in the penalty box and Komet goaltender Garrett Bartus pulled for the extra attacker the Komets tried to take advantage of a six-on-three in the last minute but to no avail.
Bartus suffered the loss for the Komets in his first playoff appearance of the season making 32 saves while the Walleye's Lerg snagged the win stopping 33 of 35 shots.
Both teams were scoreless on the power play. Fort Wayne had three man advantages to Toledo's two.
Game 4 of the series is set for Friday at 8pm in Fort Wayne.
2017 ECHL KELLY CUP CENTRAL DIVISION FINALS
FORT WAYNE KOMETS VS TOLEDO WALLEYE
Toledo leads best-of-seven series 3-0
Game 1- Friday, April 28........... Fort Wayne 1 at Toledo 2
Game 2- Saturday, April 29.......Fort Wayne 3 at Toledo 4 (OT)
Game 3- Wednesday, May 3.....Toledo 3 at Fort Wayne 2
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*
Kids Seat Free Friday 5-- Kids seat free for a playoff game! It will be another Kids Seat Free Night Friday for game 4 of the Komets/Walleye series, courtesy Aunt Millie's, Parkview Health and the Komets. Any child under the age of 12 can see the playoff game for free with a full-priced adult ticket purchase.
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.