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Observations on Game 1

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 01:00 am

I think the Komets will win Game 2... I also think the Komets will make some lineup changes... The Komets have the correct gameplan to beat the Walleye if they can, repeat after me, stay out of the penalty box... The Huntington Center is just a great place to watch a hockey game... The Komets did a lot of hitting early, and then the Walleye started moving the puck better... Parking is $15 there, and it might be a little more difficult to find a spot tonight because the Mud Hens will be playing a doubleheader... Jeff Lerg was leaving plenty of rebounds, but the Komets could never get to them... Toledo's first power-play goal probably should have been blocked before it ever got to Pat Nagle... Nobody was hanging their head in the Fort Wayne locker room... The ECHL announced Friday that Toledo has been selected as having the best ice surface in the league as voted by the coaches... Before Game 1, the Walleye signed goaltender Jeremy Brodeur, son of former NHL star Martin Brodeur, to an amateur tryout agreement to back up Jeff Lerg. Jake Paterson is out for the first two games and will be reevaluated for a lower-body injury on Monday... Friday's crowd of 6,016 was the second-largest road playoff crowd the Komets have played before during five years in the ECHL. The biggest was 6,523 against Toledo in Game 7 two years ago, which will likely be surpassed tonight... The Komets' largest home crowd for an ECHL playoff game is 6,217 against Utah for Game 2 last year... Though these teams just met in the playoffs two years ago, the only players remaining from that series are Cody Sol, Mike Embach, Shawn Szydlowski, Pat Nagle and Brett Perlini from the Komets and A.J. Jenks, Jeff Lerg, Kyle Bonis and Shane Berschbach from the Walleye... Odd but true: If the ECHL had continued to use the conference seeding for the playoffs instead of the division, the Komets would have faced Idaho in the first round, while Toledo played Utah, Allen faced Kalamazoo and Colorado played Quad City. In other words, the new format saved owners a boatload of money... Historically, the Komets are 4-20 when they lose the first two games on the road and they are 20-22 when they are tied 1-1 in a series... When Games 1 and 2 of a series are played on the road, the Komets are 0-9 all-time when they lose the first two games.

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