After falling to a 2-0 deficit in their opening-round playoff series against the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Fort Wayne Komets advanced to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 win in Game 7 on Wednesday night.
The series returned to Indiana for Game 6 on Monday after the Komets won two-of-three in Cincinnati to send the series back home for the final two games.
Fort Wayne dominated Game 3, getting two goals each from Alex Belzile and Shawn Sydlowski and a goal and two helpers from Garrett Thompson en route to an 8-0 win. Pat Nagle stopped all 21 shots he faced.
Belzile was the hero in Game 4, tallying two assists and the game-winning goal in the second overtime to give Fort Wayne a 3-2 victory. Troy Bourke pitched in two power-play goals for the Komets, who overcame an early 2-0 deficit.
Double overtime was needed again in Game 5, but this time it was the Cyclones who scored the deciding goal in extra time, sending the series back to Fort Wayne with the Komets trailing 3-2.
The Komets got on the board first in Game 6, as Mason Geertsen found Belzile for the game's opening goal early in the second period. Cincinnati evened the score midway through the third frame, once again sending the contest to overtime. Thompson sealed it for the Komets, scoring a power-play goal at 5:30 of the extra period to lift Fort Wayne to a 3-2 win and force a Game 7 in the series.
Nagle recorded his second shutout of the playoffs Wednesday night, turning away all 33 Cyclones shots. Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma scored each of Fort Wayne's goals in the game's opening period, and Bourke recorded the secondary assist on each.
Thompson, Belzile and Bourke each recorded seven points in the in the series to lead the Komets with Thompson tallying five goals and two assists and Belzile and Bourke recording four goals and three helpers each.