John Schultz | Quad City Times Quad-City Mallard's Brady Brassart, goalie C.J. Motte and Fort Wayne's Travis Ewanyk react to Gabriel Desjardins goal, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, during second period action at the iWireless Center in Moline. The goal put the Komets up 2-1.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:40 pm
Recapping Komets' OT victory
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
MOLINE, Illinois -- There's a funny story about Kyle Thomas' winning goal that I get into in Thursday's newspaper. Coach Gary Graham credited Jamie Schaafsma for drawing up the play that ended the 4-3 game on a power play 22 seconds into overtime. Schaafsma, the player/assistant coach and captain, said they didn't get to run the play he drew up. And Thomas, well, he just got some good passes from Ryan Lowney and Mike Cazzola to set up his 30-foot rocket at the iWireless Center.
“Obviously, you don’t want to go any amount of time without scoring goals," said Thomas, who was held without a goal in the first two games of the series. "It’s not something you want to think about too much but once you get that first one, especially in the playoffs, it feels better and lets you play your game a little looser.”
Thomas said the second-period goal did go off him and, therefore, he should get credit for it. He initially had, but then the off-ice officials credited it to Shawn Szydlowski, who had taken the shot from the right side that then hit the goalie, Thomas and finally Quad City's Guillaume Gelinas before going into the net.
The Komets weren't happy about the way they started this game.
"I think it's good for our group to get some playoff adversity. You've got to respect your opponent and I thought Quad played extremely well tonight and they'll have a lot of pride and probably come out with more intensity Friday," Graham said.
It would be beneficial for the Komets to end this in Game 4 and let Toledo and Kalamazoo continue to beat up on one another. The Wings tied that series at 2 by winning tonight.
This season, Fort Wayne is 11-2-2 against Quad City.
“We knew they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us,” said Fort Wayne goalie Pat Nagle, who has an .896 save percentage in the playoffs. “Obviously there’s another game to be played but the difference between a 2-0 and 3-1 lead is a huge difference. We learned that last year against Cincinnati when we were down 2-nothing and able to climb back in, so I think we learned from that that we can’t go up for air. We need to keep battling, keep working.”