TOLEDO, Ohio – After not playing each other in over two months, Toledo and Fort Wayne would meet up on Friday night in Toledo to end the season match-up. Fort Wayne has played Toledo very well this year winning four games in the series. With the teams meeting in the playoffs two of the last three years, Friday’s game was also another potential playoff preview for both teams. If both teams win their opening round series, the two will meet in the Central Division Finals.
Toledo would open the scoring on a Shane Berschbach shot at 3:30 in the period, that came off a Komets turnover in their end.
With the puck taking a very odd movement off the back wall and Toledo netminder Pat Nagle out of the net, Fort Wayne’s Anthony Petruzzelli would score all alone in his first goal in his first game in a Komets uniform.
Fort Wayne’s Gabriel Desjardins on a tip from a Curtis Leonard shot would score on a point-blank chance on Nagle to give the visitors a 2-1 lead to end the first period.
It was a first period still that saw Toledo outshoot Fort Wayne 13-4. Toledo could have easily put this game out of reach also in the period after three Fort Wayne penalties all from Komets defenseman Cody Sol, one for roughing, tripping and too many men.
Fort Wayne would play much better in the second period attacking more and finding the shot. Jason Binkley from Bobby Shea would score for Fort Wayne at 9:07 of the second.
84 seconds later, Kyle Bonis would score after a great pass from Tyler Barnes to narrow the Komets’ lead to 3-2.
The Komets would put the game out of reach in the third when Phelix Martineau would score on again another tip goal at 8:30 for his first professional goal. Fort Wayne would get an empty net goal at 18:56 from Desjardins to seal the game with a 5-2 final.
Toledo played flat through most of the third period. Even more, Toledo went 0-for-5 on the power-play for the night.
At the end of the day, it’s a game that doesn’t matter for playoff position, since both teams are locked into their positions. If anything, this was a mental boost for Fort Wayne, who proved they can win in Toledo, and one would think this should give them added confidence should they meet again in three weeks.
Toledo ends their regular season tonight in Indianapolis playing the Indy Fuel.