April 26, 2008 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Muskegon Lumberjacks
MUSKEGON - The Fort Wayne Komets punched their ticket to the Turner Cup Finals and ended the season of the Muskegon Fury with a 5-1 victory Saturday night at Walker Arena.
The Komets struck three times in the first 5 minutes and 33 seconds of the contest, striking a first blow that Muskegon never recovered from. Luciano Aquino opened the scoring 40 seconds into the Game, then Mathieu Curadeau made it 2-0 1:59 into the game. Justin Hodgman\'s goal at 5:33 gave Fort Wayne a 3-0 lead, and chased Fury starting goalie Isaac Reichmuth, who made 3 saves on 6 shots.
In the second period, Muskegon\'s Robin Bouchard scored his first of the playoffs on the power play 6:37 into the period. Philippe Plante and Jeff Nelson assisted on the goal, giving Nelson 50 assists in 99 career playoff games. The Komets answered back at 7:32 with a power play goal from P.C. Drouin, then finished the scoring with another Aquino goal with 2:22 remaining in the game.
Kevin Reiter got the win in net for Fort Wayne, stopping 15 of the 16 shots he faced. Clayton Pool, who relieved Reichmuth in net for Muskegon, finished with 18 saves on 20 shots.
The Komets win the best-of-seven series 4-2, and move on to the Turner Cup Finals, where they will take on the Port Huron Ice Hawks.