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Komets

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      Goaltender Ben Meisner stopped 20 of 21 shots as the Komets shocked the defending champion Reading Royals with a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Thursday night.
  • Ks win battle royal
      The Reading Royals may dispute the legality of the game-winning play. But there was no disputing what put the Komets in position to defeat the ECHL’s defending champions Thursday night.
  • Ks goalie excited by 1st shot at playoffs
      The Komets have used nine goaltenders this season – a franchise record for the 62-year-old team – and Ben Meisner is the one left standing between the pipes.
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Another hat trick spurs Komets

– For the second straight game, a Komets player had a hat trick in a victory.

This time, it was Mike Embach, who netted three goals in a 4-2 victory over his former team, the Cincinnati Cyclones, in front of 2,235 fans at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday night.

Embach led the Cyclones in playoff scoring last season, but he didn’t see eye to eye with the new coach there, Ben Simon, and was traded to Gwinnett and then to Fort Wayne.

Since joining the Komets (22-14-10), Embach has seven goals and eight points in four games against the Cyclones (26-18-2).

He scored 19:31 into the first period for a 1-0 lead and 5:22 into the third period for a 2-1 lead. After teammate Brandon Marino made it 3-1 at 5:58, Cincinnati’s Phil Bushbacher answered at 8:00.

Embach scored a short-handed empty-net goal at 18:39 to cement Fort Wayne’s third straight victory – Chris Auger had a hat trick in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Kalamazoo – and the Komets are 7-1-2 in their last 10.

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