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Komets out-muscle Cyclones 6-3 in first round preview

04/08/2018 7:02 PM -

Fort Wayne, IN-- In a preview of the opening round of the 2018 ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs the Komets crunched the visiting Cincinnati Cyclones 6-3 Sunday in front of a Fort Wayne crowd of 8,219.

After both teams swapped goals within 22 seconds of each other at 8:09 and 8:31 of the first period, Cincinnati scored again at 15:18 to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.  The Komets rallied with three unanswered markers by Shawn Szydlowski, Anthony Petruzzelli and Mason Baptista in the first 3:09 of the third stanza.  The Cyclones answered with tally at 7:37 before the Komets capped the game with two more goals by Gabriel Desjardins and Phelix Martineau. 

The Komets outshot the Cyclones 44-24 as Fort Wayne goaltender Michael Houser made 21 saves to earned the victory and complete the season at 28-11-4.  Cincinnati's rookie netminder Hayden Stewart stopped 38 shots in his fourth appearance of the season.  A total of 37 minutes of penalties were handed to the Cyclones after nine infractions while the Komets earned 17 penalty minutes in seven infractions.  The Komets improved to 46-20-6 and matched their 98 points of last year's 72-game campaign. 

The Komets and Cyclones will open their first round best-of-seven Central division semifinals series Saturday, April 14 on Coliseum Sweetwater Ice at 7:30pm.

It will be a best-of-seven series under a 2-3-2 format.  Fort Wayne enters the series with home ice advantage.  It will be the third time the Komets and Cyclones have met in an ECHL post-season.  Cincinnati defeated the Komets 4 games to 2 in a second round series in 2014 before Fort Wayne eliminated the Cyclones 4 games to 3 in a first round series in 2016.

It's the fifth time Fort Wayne has qualified for the Kelly Cup playoffs in six seasons as a member of the ECHL.  It's the 57th playoff appearance in the 66-year history of the Komets.

Here is the complete first-round schedule of the Fort Wayne-Cincinnati series:

Best-of-seven series
Game 1-  Saturday, April 14...........Cincinnati at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm ET
Game 2-  Sunday, April 15.............Cincinnati at Fort Wayne, 6:00pm ET
Game 3-  Thursday, April 19.......... Fort Wayne at Cincinnati, 7:35pm ET
Game 4-  Saturday, April 21...........Fort Wayne at Cincinnati, 7:35pm ET
Game 5-  Sunday, April 22.............Fort Wayne at Cincinnati, 3:05pm ET*
Game 6-  Tuesday, April 24............Cincinnati at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm ET*
Game 7-  Wednesday, April 25......Cincinnati at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm ET*
*If necessary. 

Get your tickets early-- Tickets for the first two Komet home playoff games are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office.  Season tickets for 2018-19 are also on sale a the Komet office at 1010 Memorial Way in Fort Wayne.  For more information visit the Komet office, or call 260-483-0011.

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