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Observations on Game 5

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Saturday, May 06, 2017 11:33 pm

To have a chance to win Game 5, the Komets had to survive the first 10 minutes and score first. They weren’t able to do either… Toledo has killed off 21 of 22 on the penalty kill at home during the playoffs… The Komets have won at least one road game in 18 of their last 20 playoff series. The only two they weren’t able to were against Toledo… Toledo had its fourth sellout of the playoffs Saturday night, and the crowd of 8,013 is the largest playoff crowd the Komets have played in front of during an ECHL playoff game… Amazingly, the Komets have been the second-least penalized team in the ECHL playoffs… Here’s an idea to add consistency to the calls, have the referees switch ends every period, too… This series must have set a hockey record for icings… Don’t you wish Bobby Shea had been healthy?... Pat Nagle was the Komets’ MVP of the playoffs, and it really wasn’t close… It takes more brains than brawn to defeat Toledo, and the Komets never seemed to understand that… Training camp opens Oct. 1 and the regular season starts the weekend of Oct. 13… Here’s hoping the schedule makers allow the Komets and Walleye play more than six times during the regular season… Komets leading scorer Mike Cazzola finished with one point during the series… This is the first time the Komets have been shut out in 94 playoff games dating to April 22, 2009… The Komets were 1 of 16 on the power play in the series, and the Walleye were six of 21… Jeff Lerg never really faced a true tester in all of Game 5. The Komets might have had three very strong scoring chances… As much as the Toledo fans talk about their cowbells, they really didn’t need them tonight… The Walleye have a very good team, but they must watch their embellishments on calls the rest of the way. Those could end up hurting them in a critical situation. They didn't have any impact on this series, but they could later... The Komets gave up six power-play goals and seven goals from the high slot during the series. That's a testament to the Walleye's patience and the Komets poor defensive coverage, particularly from their centers on the goals from the high slot. Just terrible.

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