TOLEDO, OH – The Fort Wayne Komets entered Saturday night’s game in another do or die situation. While the Toledo Walleye came out with one thing in mind: to end the central division finals against their rivals the Komets and that is exactly what they did.
Captain Jamie Schaafsma was sent to the box at 4:49 for tripping which sent the Walleye to their first power play of the night. This helped the Walleye get the ball rolling at 5:20 when Simon Denis scored on veteran goaltender Pat Nagle. The Walleye was given their second power play of the night when Mike Embach was sent to the box for charging the goaltender in crease. With Embach in the box Tylor Spink, working with Nolan Zajac and his brother Tyson Spink got another puck past Nagle. Komets entered the locker room at the end of the first with 8 shots to the Walleye’s 11.
The only goal in the second period came from Toledo’s A.J. Jenks at 10:10 to increase their lead 3-0. At the end of the period Komets had 8 shots and the Walleye had 7.
Komets knew they had to do what they could in the third period to try to force game six, however it was not meant to be. Spink got some help from his brother to put to the Walleye up 4-0 at 6:44 into the first period. Denis sealed the deal for the Walleye at 12:08 giving them the win and advancing to the Western Conference finals.
Even though this is not the ending that the Komets wanted, it is a lot better than what could have been. The Komets made it farther than some other teams. The Walleye must now wait to see if they will be facing the Colorado Eagles or the Allen Americans, who play game 5 this afternoon.
I want to thank everyone who has read my articles this season. I look forward to next season when I can bring everyone more of Komets Korner.
Over the summer I will be bringing up updates from the Komets as well as what they need to do with their roster.
Until next time.