"When you are sitting out, you are rooting for your team, but you want to be playing," Nagle said. "That's why you play the game. It's been nice to be playing a lot."
Nagle has started every game so far and that's how he likes it. He'd rather play than sit, even if it means not getting as much rest. He's got a 2.18 goals against average in the playoffs with a .912 save percentage.
"I think it's easier," he said. "I like it a lot more, staying in a rhythm, staying comfortable with your teammates and kind of staying on the same page."
A lot of hockey
So far this season, Jamie Schaafsma has played the most games of any Komet with 70 regular-season contests and 14 playoff games. He's got a ways to go to move up the list of most games played in a season, including playoffs. Lonnie Loach, Bruce Boudreau and Carey Lucyk played in 100 games during the 1990-91 season, and Colin Chin played in 99 during the 1993-94 season. Among recent players, Rob Guinn played in 98 games during 2004-05, Matt Reynolds dressed for 89 in 2007-08 and Guy Dupuis and Kaleigh Schrock played 88 games in 2009-10.
As a side note, Bobby Rivard holds the Komets record for most consecutive games played with 319 from opening day of the 1962-63 season to the final game of the 1965-66 season.
As for goaltenders, Nagle has appeared in 66 games games this season. That's the most games by a Fort Wayne goaltender in a season since Nick Boucher played in 69 in 2011-12 and Kevin St. Pierre played in 74 games in 2006-07. Chuck Adamson holds the record with 82 games played in 1963-64 when he played in every Komets game that season, including 12 in the playoffs. From Nov. 2, 1962 to Jan. 22, 1965, Adamson played 176 regular-season games in a row.
What they are playing for
The winner of the Western Conference Finals receives the Bruce Taylor Trophy, named for the founding father of the West Coast Hockey League. In the early 1990s, Taylor purchased teams in Fresno, Reno and Bakersfield and in 1995 joined them with teams in Anchorage, Fairbanks and San Diego to form the WCHL. The Taylor Cup was presented to the playoff champion in the WCHL from the league’s inaugural season in 1995-96 until the league ceased operations following the 2002-03 season.
The Eastern Conference champions are awarded the E.A. “Bud” Gingher Memorial Trophy, named for chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors from 1992-95. Gingher, who passed away in 2002, co-founded the Dayton Bombers in 1991 and owned the team for seven seasons. He was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2009.
How they get paid
ECHL players receive the same salary during the postseason as they do during their regular season, but there is a bonus for the winners after each round of the playoffs. Winning players in the conference championship series receive a $2,300 bonus, and Kelly Cup champions receive a
Avoiding the brooms
Throughout their 64-year history, the Komets have not been swept in best-of-seven playoff series very often. The only two times it has happened were in the 1986 Turner Cup Finals against Muskegon and in the 2004 United Hockey League semifinals against Muskegon.
What are the chances?
Heading into Game 5 on Saturday, the Komets are 17-12 all-time when they are tied 2-2 in a playoff series. They are 3-14 when they are down 3-1 in a playoff series.
Icing the puck
Before last night, the Komets were 7-5-2 after 14 games in Texas, all during the regular season... The Komets activated defenseman Cody Corbett for Thursday's game and sat defenseman Justin Hamonic... Corbett led the Komets with seven shots on goal... He also had a goal disallowed in the third period when the referees ruled Jamie Schaafsma interfered with Allen goaltender Jake Hildebrand who was well outside the crease... The Americans put starting goaltender Riley Gill on reserve as he continues to recover from a bruised knee suffered in Game 2... Entering Thursday's game, the Komets had the ECHL's best power play on the road at 30.8 percent, but they were held scoreless in four attempts... Allen also switched out defenseman Matt Register for defenseman Rick Pinkston.
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