CINCINNATI -- The Komets talked a lot about the need to dirty things up in the next game after losing 5-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Game 3 is Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.
That doesn't mean goon it up; they need to focus on being less pretty and more of a grinding team that battles in the corners and gets the dirty goals.
When they took that tact against Reading, after splitting the first two games, they won three in a row.
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“They had more offensive zone possession time, and that’s the name of the game,” Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham said Saturday night. “We didn’t have it. Collectively, as a group, I was very disappointed in our compete level overall.”
The Komets really need to get their top line of Brandon Marino, Scott Fleming and Chris Auger going.
The Cincinnati Cyclones have a lot of American Hockey League-level players. They know how to contain a team that's going to carry the puck up the ice and look for the picturesque goal.
And Rob Madore is so good, he's not going to give up goals on shots from the perimeter. To beat him, you have to scrap in front and get the garbage goals.
“We didn’t play like we’re supposed to play. In the first game, we forechecked their defensemen and stayed in the systems and kept it simple. Today, we just tried to play defensively,” Fort Wayne's Christian Ouellet said.
Tickets for Sunday's Game 5 at Memorial Coliseum go on sale noon Monday.
Kudos to the roughly 500 Fort Wayne fans to made the trip here for Game 2. The atmosphere was much better. I'm sure those in the Cyclones business office appreciated it, too.