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Cyclones lose game one of Kelly Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals, 2-1
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) -- A goal by Christian Ouellet with seven seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Fort Wayne Komets (5-1) over the Cyclones (4-3) by a 2-1 final score in front of 1,307 at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday night. With the victory, the Komets take an early 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Hot off his series-winning goal in Game 6 against Orlando, Cyclones rookie Wade Megan continued his impressive play when he recorded his fifth lamp-lighter of the postseason in the second period.
It was a rocky start for both clubs as they settled in for the new best-of-seven series. The Cyclones were held without a shot on goal for more than seven minutes to start the game, but registered several quality scoring chances afterward, including a breakaway and a shot by Megan that rang off the post. Cincinnati successfully killed two penalties in the period to keep Fort Wayne off the scoreboard, despite being outshot 9-6 through 20 minutes.
The home team successfully killed another penalty to start the second stanza before finally breaking the stalemate. Barry Almeida stole the puck behind the net and made a careful pass to Megan, who promptly fired a shot over the glove-side shoulder of goaltender Ben Meisner (W, 22 saves, 5-1) at 8:13. When Jonathan Hazen was called for cross-checking, the Komets capitalized on the power play and knotted the score at one as former Cyclone Mike Embach recorded his third tally of the postseason at 17:00.
Play was fairly even for most of the final frame with both clubs nearly converting on either end of the ice. When Brandon Marino was called for high-sticking late in the period, the Cyclones were given an opportune power play, but were unable to convert. With seven seconds remaining, Ouellet poked the game-winning goal, his second tally of the postseason, past net minder Rob Madore (L, 34 saves, 4-3).
We were still in the game the whole time, said alternate captain Dan Eves. We thought we played really bad in the first period, but we had chances to win the game throughout, quite a few good chances. In the end, they didnt get too many Grade-A chances, so we can take that as a positive away from the game, but we have to be better all around.
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