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Two games are in the books of this best-of-seven series between the Toledo Walleye and Fort Wayne Komets. So far, this series perfectly matches the saying that momentum beats rest any day. The Walleye came out and owned the first two games from the moment the puck dropped. The Komets, who had been off for a week after knocking out Kalamazoo in five games, were going up against a Toledo team that had played four games in five days. All that time off turned out to bite the Komets in the rear as the Walleye out scored them 9-3 combined in the first two games of the series.
Kyle Bonis led the way in Game 1 with 2 goals and nabbed the 1st Star of the game. Highlights:
It was Troy Schwab’s turn to grab the 1st Star in Game 2. He also picked up a pair of goals. This game put Schwab on the ECHL’s leader board for points. He is tied for 1st in the league for assists. Highlights:
Fort Wayne is in big, big trouble now. If you’re the Komets, you wanted to go home with at least a 1-1 series. Coming home down 2-0 puts the Komets in a very vulnerable position to have their season end on home ice. What I noticed in the first two games is that defense is slim-to-none. Roman Will was left out to dry more often than not and if you give Toledo’s power house offense that luxury, they’re going to make you pay nine times out of ten. If Fort Wayne doesn’t tighten up on the back end, this is going to be a quick series. You absolutely have to play a strong defensive game if you’re going to get by this Toledo team.
Toledo on the other hand, went from playing two totally different styles of hockey. In the 1st round, they had to play a Wheeling team that you have to be incredibly physical and play the body to beat. Then in the 2nd round, they moved on to playing a fast-paced, skilled style from Fort Wayne that is very similar to Toledo’s style, which is why I think the Walleye are more comfortable playing the Komets than the Nailers. Wheeling was able to stave off Toledo’s strong offense for the most part because they knew all they had to do was start hitting bodies and the Walleye would back off. Fort Wayne doesn’t hit like Wheeling, so Toledo used that to their advantage and it worked out quite well.
Game 3 gets underway from Fort Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday night at 7:30pm EST. It’s a must-win situation for the Komets. If they fall down 3-0, quite honestly, that’s the series. I could see Fort Wayne coming back from a 2-0 deficit, but I do not see the Komets taking 4 straight games from this Toledo.