The Fort Wayne Komets were outhustled, outplayed, and flat out dominated in Game 5, as the Komets were blanked by the Toledo Walleye 5-0 in the final game of the season in front of a sellout crowd at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. The Walleye defeated the Komets 4-1 in the series.
4:49 in, Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma took a tripping penalty for not moving his feet as Walleye forward AJ Jenks made a couple of in-and-out moves and Schaafsma stuck his stick out and tripped him. Walleye defenseman Simon Denis, two games back from injury, ripped one from the point and put the Walleye up 1-0 on the power play. Later in their period, Komets forward Mike Cazzola and Walleye forward Tyson Spink got coincidental minors for roughing and tripping respectively. Nothing came of the four-on-four opportunity for either team. About three minutes after the minors were called, the Komets thought they had tied the game up, but Komets forward Mike Embach was called for goaltender interference on Walleye goaltender Jeff Lerg, even though Lerg was out of his crease. With eight seconds left on the power play, Walleye forward Tylor Spink clapped one from the top of the circle past Komets goaltender Pat Nagle to put the Walleye up 2-0. The Komets were presented with their first power play opportunity with 25 seconds remaining in the first, as Walleye defenseman Jordan Hill was called for delay of game after he cleared the puck into the crowd. The Walleye led the Komets in goals 2-0 and in shots on goal 11-8 at the end of the opening frame.
Halfway through the second period, Walleye forward AJ Jenks extended the Toledo lead to 3-0. The Komets didn’t have a whole lot of will in the second period and it showed. The only fight that showed was near the end of the period, when there was a bit of a scrum in the corner after a Komets delayed penalty. The Komets miraculously outshot the Walleye 8-7 in the second period, but still trailed in the shots on goal total 18-16.
The final frame was miserable for the Komets as Spink added goal number five to add the final dagger to the Komets, as the Komets fall 5-0 in Game 5. The Komets were outshot by the Walleye 10-8 in the final frame and 28-24 in total.
The Komets have been eliminated from the Kelly Cup Playoffs in the second round, falling to the Walleye in five games. Walleye defenseman Simon Denis tallied two goals in his first game back at Huntington Center after an injury. Komets forward Trevor Cheek picked up 17 minutes in penalties at the end of the game after fighting Walleye captain Alden Hirschfeld.
1. Jeff Lerg (TOL, 24 SA, 24 SV)
2. Simon Denis (TOL, 2G, 2 SOG, +2)
3. Tylor Spink (TOL, 1G, 1A, 2 SOG, +1)