READING, Pa. -- The Komets and Reading Royals are tied at 1 after two periods at Santander Arena in the opening game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Fort Wayne had 12 of the 16 shots on goal at the start of the game, but Reading opened the scoring at 13:25 of the first period with a goal from the left circle by forward Josh Brittain.
Brittain, who played 31 games last season for Fort Wayne, snapped the puck from the left circle while falling after teammate Sean Wiles dropped a pass while tumbling himself.
Fort Wayne had 13 of the next 14 shots after the goal in the span of 16:27. But most of those shots were from the perimeter and easily stopped by Reading goaltender Brandon Anderson.
Forward Mike Embach tied it for the Komets at 16:47 of the second period with a short-handed goal after teammate William Lacasse was sent to the penalty box for a hit on T.J.Syner. The goal was set up with a pass from the right corner by Brandon Marino, who won the ECHL's scoring title with 88 points in 72 games.