The Fort Wayne Komets advanced to the next round in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Quad City in Game 5 of the Central Division Semifinals. Fort Wayne wins the series 4 games to 1, and will meet the winner of the Toledo/Kalamazoo series in the Central Division Finals. The Walleye lead that series 3 games to 2 with Game 6 set for Sunday.
In Saturday's game, the Komets jumped out to a 3-0 lead off goals from Trevor Cheek, Jamie Schaafsma and Kyle Thomas. The Mallards fought back with goals from Grant Arnold and Chris Francis but the three goal deficit proved too much to overcome.
Mike Cazzola led the Komets with eight points (3G, 5A) in the series. Cazzola, Thomas, and Schaafsma each had three goals in the series, while Shawn Szydlowski led the Komets in assists with seven. Pat Nagle had a .911 Save Percentage in five games and a 2.25 GAA.
This marks the fourth straight season that Fort Wayne has reached at least the second round of the playoffs, the only team in the ECHL to accomplish the feat over that span.
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