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Roy returning, more on K’s

April 7, 2019

Marco Roy is going to rejoin the Komets on Sunday from Laval of the American Hockey League, according to a Komets official, though it’s unclear if he’ll be back in time to play in the 5 p.m. game against the Wheeling Nailers.

Oh, about that game, which now cannot affect the playoff positioning at all, Justin Hodgman said the mentality will be: “Win, always win, the mentality is always to win. These fans deserve the best product possible. I hope some guys who have been playing a lot get rest, but I definitely want to play and to work on my conditioning, after being out with an injury I’ve been dealing with, and I don’t think you can expect anything less than our best effort.”

Hodgman had a goal and four points in the Komets’ 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones tonight at Memorial Coliseum.

Zach Fucale stopped 37 shots, though the Cyclones rallied from a 4-0 deficit to make it a one-goal game before Hodgman’s late goal.

″(The Cyclones) just keep coming at you. They’re so good. You see the way they’re breaking out the puck, their chances on the rush, their plays in the (defensive) zone, they’re just a great team. So it was nice to find a way to win, for sure,” said Hodgman, whose team avoided another nightmarish night at home like the one Wednesday, when it gave up five unanswered goals in a 5-3 loss to the Indy Fuel.

“I think you could see the jitters there tonight. It kind of looked like, ‘Oh, the old habits are creeping in,’ but thankfully we got it together and closed it out.”

Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham was pleased with the way the Komets came out in this one, after clinching a playoff spot with the 3-2 victory Friday over Indy in an overtime shootout.

“I was a little concerned because there was so much emotion invested in just getting to the playoffs with this team over the last month and a half, so you’re always concerned about a little bit of a hangover the next night,” Graham said. “But in the first period, I thought we set a good tone early. Even in the second period, I know we didn’t have a lot of shots, but I liked a lot of the things we did. We took care of the puck, broke the puck out pretty well, but then they got some momentum going.” 

I would expect Graham to try and rest people Sunday, as he did today with Jamie Schaafsma and Kevin Gibson. 

The schedule for the upcoming playoff series with Toledo is as follows: 

Game 1: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Toledo

Game 2: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Toledo

Game 3: April 17, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum

Game 4: April 19, 8 p.m. at the Coliseum

Game 5: April 20, 7:30 p.m. at Toledo*

Game 6: April 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Coliseum*

Game 7: April 24, 7:30 p.m. at Toledo*

*If necessary