Komets Fall in Double Overtime 4-3

May 20, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Fort Wayne Komets News Release

Fort Wayne, IN - The Komets fell 4-3 in double overtime Saturday night in Fort Wayne to give the Colorado Eagles a 3-2 lead in the ECHL Western Conference best-of-seven finals.

The Komets collected a 2-1 lead in the first period on goals by Artur Tyanulin and Ryan Culkin. The Eagles opened the second period with Jake Marto's fourth of the playoffs to pull even before the Komets responded at 12:11 when Jamie Schaafsma potted his third of the post-season to give Fort Wayne a 3-2 lead after two frames.

Michael Joly scored the equalizer for the Eagles at 10:25 of the third to send the game into extra time tied at 3-3. After a scoreless first overtime, Colorado's Brady Shaw beat Komet goalie Michael Houser with a one-time in front of the net at 2:38 of the second overtime stanza for the win and put the Eagles on the cusp of the Western Conference Finals championship.

Houser stopped 32 of 36 shots while Colorado goaltender Joe Cannata earned the victory after facing 54 shots and stopping 51 in the 13th longest game in Fort Wayne's history at 82:38.

The series now moves back to Colorado for game 6 Tuesday at 9:05pm ET. If game 7 is necessary, it will be played Wednesday, May 23 at Colorado at 9:05pm ET.

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