Photos by Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette The Komets’ Matt Firman attempts a shot on Florida goalie Jesse Deckert during the first period Friday night.

Fort Wayne Komets Fall Short Against Florida Everblades

Komets Playoff Hopes In Serious Jeopardy

Fort Wayne, IN – The Fort Wayne Komets’ (29-29-3) playoff ambitions are pretty much just a pipe dream in their first season in the ECHL. Last night they took on the defending ECHL champions and former Ducks affiliate Florida Everblades (31-20-10). Jeff Deslaurierscontinued to be a workhorse between the pipes starting in his seventh straight since being sent down.

First Period:

The Everblades kicked off the scoring on Mike Merrifield at the 14:25 mark with a shot from the right circle. Deslauriers did not allow another goal in the period and neither team converted on the power play.

Second Period:

The K’s Jamie Milam netted the equalizer at the 2:59 mark, but that would be the closest Fort Wayne would get to a lead. Florida scored twice to end the middle frame.

Third Period:

Florida then netted another goal before Matt Firman netted his 11th of the year. The Everblades scored again at the 10:47 mark. Tyler Butler notched his second of the year with 5:44 left in the game. The visitors sealed the game with an empty-netter with just over two minutes left.

Team Statistics:

Score by Period:

Team 1 2 3 Total
Florida Everblades
1 2 3 6
Fort Wayne Komets
0 1 2 3


SHOTS 1 2 3 Total
Florida Everblades
9 10 8 31
Fort Wayne Komets
11 3 9 26

Power Play Efficiency

Prd team.teamCommonName
Florida Everblades
Fort Wayne Komets
1st 0-1 0-1
2nd 0-0 0-1
3rd 0-2 0-0
Total 0-3 0-3

Three Stars:

Star Team Pos/Name Stats
Florida Everblades
F Corey Trivino 1 GA, 25 SVS, 0.962
Florida Everblades
LW Mathieu Roy 2 GA, 29 SVS, 0.935
Florida Everblades
D Mike Ratchuk 1 G, 0 A, Even, 4 Shots (GWG)

The Komets face the Everblades again tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Game 2 Preview:

Team Stats:

Florida Everblades
Stats team.teamCommonName
Fort Wayne Komets
61 GP 61
31 W 29
20 L 29
10 OT 3
72 P 61
0.590 P% 0.500
216 GF 170
214 GA 203


Team Records:

Florida Everblades: 31-20-10, 72 Points (2nd in the South Division, 5th in the Eastern Conference)

Fort Wayne Komets: 29-29-3, 61 points (4th in the North Division, 11th in the Eastern Conference)

Broadcast Info:


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