The Fort Wayne Komets, the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche and the San Antonio Rampage, are off and running in the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs, two games into their first-round series against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Rampage fans might be familiar with a few of the names on the ice with the Komets, including defensemen Cody Corbett and Mason Geertsen, forwards Troy Bourke, Trevor Cheek, Garrett Thompson and Alex Belzile, and goalie Spencer Martin. Six players currently on Fort Wayne’s playoff roster played more than 20 games in the Alamo City this season and four – Thompson (32), Cheek (34), Geertsen (42) and Bourke (56) – played in more than 30 games with the Silver and Black. There are 11 players on the Komets’ postseason roster that spent time with the Rampage this season, as defensemen Gabriel Beaupre, Justin Hamonic and Will Weber and forward Garrett Meurs each played short stints in San Antonio as well.
The Komets enter Game 3 of the best-of-seven series trailing 2-0. After two contests in Fort Wayne on Friday and Saturday, the series heads to Cincinnati for Game 3 on Wednesday.
In Game 1 on Friday night, the same night the Rampage closed out the 2015-16 campaign at the AT&T Center, the Komets fell to the Cyclones 3-2. Bourke tallied a goal for Fort Wayne and earned the Third Star of the Game, while Cheek was the other goal scorer, tallying a power-play goal at 15:36 of the second period. Despite outshooting Cincinnati 35-23, Fort Wayne allowed a shorthanded goal in the middle frame, and Tom Mele potted the game winner with 15 seconds left in regulation to hand the Komets a loss in Game 1.
The Komets got on the board first in Game 2, as Thompson lit the lamp less than six minutes into the contest, but once again, Fort Wayne allowed a shorthanded goal, this one from former Rampage forward Andrew Yogan, to tie the game. Knotted at two late in regulation, Saturday’s game played out similarly to Game 1 with Cincinnati scoring a goal in the final minute to take a 3-2 win. The Komets again held the advantage in shot totals, outshooting the Cyclones 33-20.