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Last updated: Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 - 04:19 am EDT

Komets expecting different effort from Royals

Reading looking to even series in Game 2

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ECHL Playoffs

Game 2

Komets at Reading

Faceoff: 7:05 p.m.

Radio: WOWO, 1190-AM

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READING, Pa. -- In some ways, everyone knows what to expect, and in others they have no idea looking ahead to tonight's Game 2 of the ECHL's Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Komets expect the Royals to come out playing very aggressively for at least the first 10 minutes, but the Royals are wondering if Fort Wayne can match that intensity and keep the momentum from Thursday's 2-1 win. Everyone is expecting something different.

``We didn't play with enough energy,'' Royals coach Larry Courville said. ``We didn't create our forecheck and our compete level wasn't there. I don't know if we took them lightly. This is a good team. They play the right way, but the energy wasn't there, for sure. I don't know if we were nervous. We didn't come mentally prepared, that's for sure.''

If the Komets can survive or even counter those first 10 minutes of hard forechecking, and maybe pop loose on a breakaway or two, the pressure of the moment may affect the defending Kelly Cup champions. The next three games would be played in Fort Wayne starting Thursday.

``They battled adversity last year, and they have guys in that room who know what it takes to win,'' Komets defenseman Jordon Southorn said. ``Hopefully, we can bring that exact same momentum into Saturday. We came here knowing that it wasn't gong to be easy,but we didn't look at ourselves as an underdog team. We wanted to make a good series of it.''

The Komets took Game 1 when Shawn Szydlowski scored with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation.

One move the Royals might make is switching Riley Gill into goal in place of Brandon Anderson. Gill was 2-0 against the Komets in the regular season with a .96 goals against average and .969 save percentage. Anderson faced 39 shots on Thursday.

At the other end, the Komets will stick with Ben Meisner who made 20 saves on 21 shots. Courville wants the Royals to be more engaged offensively.

``It's being ready to play, winning some one-on-one battles. getting some pucks to the net, creating a forecheck,'' he said. ``We didn't establish anything. For us to only generate 21 shots in three periods against that team wasn't good enough.''

bsebring@news-sentinel.com


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