Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets rallied from two-goal deficits for victories several times during the regular season and in the first game of the current Central Division semifinals series against Quad City. But Friday night it was not to be. After giving up two goals to the Mallards the Komets rallied to tie the game but Quad City prevailed in overtime 3-2 to survive another day.
Quad City scored early with Josh MacDonald's second goal of the post season at 31 seconds into the first period through a screen.
In the second period, the Mallards struck early again at 1:12 before Jason Binkley finally solved Mallard goaltender C.J. Motte at 4:46 to cut Quad City's lead in half. Jamie Schaafsma knotted the game at 2-2 with his second of the playoffs at 9:29.
After a scoreless third period, the Mallards staved off elimination when Sam Warning scooped up a rebound and deposited his second marker of the playoffs into an open net with 16 seconds remaining in overtime for a 3-2 Quad City victory.
Pat Nagle suffered his first loss of the playoffs in his fourth straight start stopping 36 of 39 shots. Motte earned the win making 36 saves on 38 shots,.
The Komets were 1/3 on the power play while killing off all five Quad City power plays.
Game 5 will be held tonight (Saturday) at Quad City at 8:05pm Fort Wayne time. The Komets are now leading the best-of-seven series 3 games to 1 and can close it out and advance to the second round with a win tonight.
If games 6 and 7 are needed, they will be played in Fort Wayne.
2017 ECHL KELLY CUP CENTRAL DIVISION SEMIFINALSFORT WAYNE KOMETS VS QUAD CITY MALLARDSFort Wayne leads best-of-seven series 3-1Game 1- Friday, April 14...............Quad City 3 at Fort Wayne 4Game 2- Saturday, April 15...........Quad City 1 at Fort Wayne 3Game 3- Wednesday, April 19......Fort Wayne 4 at Quad City 3, OTGame 4- Friday, April 21...............Fort Wayne 2 at Quad City 3, OTGame 5- Saturday, April 22...........Fort Wayne at Quad City, 8:05pm ETGame 6- Monday, April 24............Quad City at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm ET*Game 7- Wednesday, April 26......Quad City at Fort Wayne, 7:30pm ET**If necessary.
Get Tickets-- Regardless of what happens in Quad City, there will be a third and fourth Fort Wayne home playoff game. Tickets for the Komets' playoff home games #3 and #4 are on sale at the Coliseum ticket office and at www.ticketmaster.com. Also, Season Tickets with Early Bird Pricing are now available. 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.