In the Komets locker room, after their 3-1 victory over the Reading Royals on Friday night (check out the highlights video), much of the talk was about how Fort Wayne got better as the game went along.
"Improving (throughout games) has kind of been the trend of the series. It's funny, at the start of the year, we were awesome in the first period and would get worse as the game went on. Now we get better as the games go on," Komets right wing Brandon Marino said. "We just need to figure out a way to stifle them in the first period and not give them that momentum."
Game 5 of the series will be Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. If the Komets don't close it out, it will return to Reading, Pa., for Game 6 on Tuesday. Game 7, if necessary, would be there Wednesday.
The winner of this series will play either Cincinnati or Orlando. Cincinnati is up 3-1 in that series.
Goalie Ben Meisner has been impressive for Fort Wayne. He has stopped 95.9 percent of the shots he's faced and has a goals-against average of 1.25.
The Reading Royals made some changes to their lineup, taking out Josh Brittain, Brandon Blandina, T.J. Syner and Mike Banwell in favor of Nick Bruneteau, Jesse Todd, Aaron Gens and Greg Wolfe.
Brittain, a former Fort Wayne player, had two goals in the first two games. Blandina had one. Gens cost Fort Wayne's Chris Auger almost all of last season with a knee-to-knee hit, while Gens was with Evansville.
"I understood and kind of knew what (Reading coach Larry Courville) wanted to do with the matchups, now that he got a feeling what I wanted to do," Graham said. "He put in some bigger size to go up against our one line and he put in some more youth, some more jam. On the defensive corps, obviously Banwell went out (Thursday with an injury), which is tough for them. But Bruneteau and Gens are good young defensemen and I thought they played well. They have eight young defensemen who can play.
"I don't think there was much of a dropoff with their team tonight and to be honest with you, whenever you put some new young talent in the lineup that's hungry to play, I think that gives your team a spark and you saw that in the first period. But I thought our response was better in the second and the third period."