In danger of falling down 3-0 in their ECHL second-round series to the Toledo Walleye, the Fort Wayne Komets rallied with a late third-period goal before pulling out a 3-2 win in overtime on Tuesday night.
Paul Crowder tied contest for Fort Wayne with 27 seconds left in the third period, and Mike Embach scored the game-winner at 6:09 of OT. Avalanche prospects and former Plymouth Whalers teammates Mitchell Heard and Garrett Meurs each recorded a point in the game. Heard tallied in the second period with Meurs having the primary assist on the score.
The series opened last Friday at Toledo with Fort Wayne falling 4-1 despite goaltender Roman Will making 26 saves on 29 shots.
Game 2 on Saturday was much of the same as the Walleye picked up a 5-2 victory. Heard had an assist while Will made 20 saves in the contest.
Game 4 is Thursday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum before the series shifts back to Toledo for Game 5 on Saturday.
May 7 vs. Toledo (Game 4)
May 9 at Toledo (Game 5)
May 10 vs. Toledo (Game 6, if necessary)
May 13 at Toledo (Game 7, if necessary)
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): Wood and the Battalion's season came to an end over the weekend as they fell in six games to the Oshawa Generals in the OHL Eastern Conference Final.
North Bay held a 2-1 series lead after winning Game 3 last Tuesday by a 2-1 score. However, Oshawa won the next three contests to advance to the league final against Erie.
The Generals won 3-1 in Game 4 last Wednesday before picking up a 4-1 victory in Game 5 on Friday. The Battalion was eliminated on Sunday in a 2-1 loss at home in Game 6. Wood recorded an assist in each of the final two games of the series.
Wood ended the regular season with 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 67 games. He ranked fifth among OHL defensemen in playoff scoring with 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 11 postseason contests. He also finished with a plus-9 rating.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d'Or Foreurs): Val-d'Or will not repeat as QMHL champions after being swept in four games by Rimouski in the semifinals last week. After falling down 2-0 in the series, the Foreurs returned home but dropped Game 3 last Tuesday by a 4-2 score before losing 6-0 in Game 4 on Wednesday. Rimouski advances to the QMJHL Final against Quebec.
In 17 playoff contests, Pepin registered eight points (four goals and four assists). He recorded two game-winning goals, which included a Game 7 overtime-clincher to help Val-d'Or erase a 3-0 series deficit against Baie-Comeau in the quarterfinals.
Pepin ended the regular season with 27 points (18 goals, nine assists) in 47 games split between the Gatineau Olympiques and Val-d’Or. He was traded from Gatineau to Val-d'Or on Jan. 6.
Jonas Holos (Norway): Holos has one assist, seven shots and a minus-3 rating for Norway after the first three games of the World Championship in the Czech Republic. He finished his season in the KHL with 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 60 games played, ranking second on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl among defensemen. He recorded one assist in six playoff contests.
Markus Lauridsen (Denmark): Lauridsen has four shots on goal and 20 penalty minutes for Denmark after the first four games of the World Championship in the Czech Republic. During the regular season, Lauridsen recorded five goals and 11 assists while appearing in 62 games for the Lake Erie Monsters. His 16 points ranked third on the team among defenseman. He also added 22 penalty minutes.