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ECHL Conference Semifinals
Komets at Cyclones
Faceoff: 7:35 p.m.
Radio: WOWO, 1190-AM
CINCINNATI -- After the Fort Wayne Komets acquired Mike Embach in December, he spent the rest of the season obliterating his old team, the Cincinnati Cyclones. Embach scored six goals in six games against his former team, and he can't wait to get more chances against the Cyclones, even though it may cost him a little extra money.
"It will be a little added incentive for me, just like the regular season,'' Embach said. "Beating them was always good, and now if we had the opportunity, I don't think it would be any better than to end their season.''
Because he played for the Cyclones last season and at the beginning of this year, he has to guarantee a little extra money to the player who scores the game-winning goal against his old team. During the regular season, that usually seemed to be him or Brandon Marino, who had six goals and 13 points in eight games against the Cyclones.
In fact, even when the Komets were struggling early in the season, Cincinnati seemed to be the one team they always managed to handle, winning three straight games in the Queen City at one point. Now, the Komets are playing even better after a first-round upset of first-seeded Reading.
"We're peaking at the right time. We've been playing well,'' Embach said. "I don't think any team really wants to play us the way we've been playing the last month and a half. I think Reading kind of underestimated us. I bet if they watched video of our last couple of games of us playing Toledo or whatever, they probably thought we were playing a pretty offensive flow-and-go game until they actually saw us and realized we were willing to grind and stuff because it wasn't just Toledo.''
The Komets proved against Reading they can either play a run-and-gun style or they can grind out defensive-style games. During the regular season, they usually used their speed to score 26 goals and go 5-1-2 against the Cyclones.
Embach is also on a high after finding out Tuesday he would not have to sit out a game on a suspension for his clipping major penalty and game misconduct Sunday against Reading's Kevin Walrod. Sitting in the stands for the two overtime periods about drove him insane, he said.
"There's nothing I would be more rattled about than watching a game,'' he said.
Embach still has plenty of fans in Cincinnati, and he'd like to give them something to see.
"It would be awesome to beat them,'' he said. "That would be good for me and for us.''