Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets dropped game 1 of the best-of-seven ECHL Western Conference finals against the Allen Americans 5-3 Friday night in Fort Wayne.
Allen scored three goals in a span of 5:29 in the first period before the Komets could recover with a marker by Trevor Cheek with 13 seconds remaining to send the game into the first intermission with the Komets trailing 3-1.
The second period had no scoring but 24 minutes of penalties were called to keep traffic busy at the penalty box.
The Komets opened the third stanza with Trevor Bourke scoring to pull the Komets within one goal at 3:16. The Americans answered at 11:39 before Bourke scored his second of the night at 13:28 to once again bring the Komets to within one at 4-3. The Komets pulled goaltender Pat Nagle for the extra attacker but Allen's Vincent Arseneau found the empty net to give Allen a 5-3 win and a 1-0 series lead.
Nagle had his winning streak snapped at six games making 21 saves on 25 shots. Allen's Riley Gill earned the win allowing three goals on 26 shots.
Game 2 is Sunday at 6pm at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Plenty of good seats remain as tickets are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com
2016 ECHL KELLY CUP WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALSFORT WAYNE KOMETS VS ALLEN AMERICANSAllen leads best-of-seven series 1-0Game 1- Friday, May 13....................Allen 5 at Fort Wayne 3Game 2- Sunday, May 15................. Allen at Fort Wayne, 6:00pm ETGame 3- Thursday, May 19...............Fort Wayne at Allen, 8:05pm ETGame 4- Saturday, May 21............... Fort Wayne at Allen, 8:05pm ETGame 5- Sunday, May 22................. Fort Wayne at Allen, 5:05pm ET*Game 6- Tuesday, May 24................Allen at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm ET *Game 7- Thursday, May 26...............Allen at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm ET**If necessary.
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Season tickets-- Season Tickets for 2016-17 are on sale at the Komet office at 1010 Memorial Way in Fort Wayne. For information visit www.komets.com or call 260-483-0011.