Fort Wayne (Indiana's NewsCenter) – The Fort Wayne Komets have won the Turner Trophy as the Central Hockey League’s Turner Conference champions, claiming the title with a 6-4 victory over the Missouri Mavericks on Thursday night in the 30th Game 7 in CHL playoff history.
Game 7 was a back and forth affair with the Komets scoring first just 4:27 into the game on a Frankie DeAngelis goals. Missouri then came back with the games next 2 goals and it was 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Tom Mele tied it at 2 in the 2nd period after getting a turnover in the Mavs end and then beating Charlie Effinger. Just :40 later Missouri went back in front on a broken defensive play that allowed Ryan Jardine to beat Nick Boucher. Jamie Lovell tied the game again with a wrister and at the end of 2 it was tied at 3.
The 3rd period was all Komets with 2 goals from Chris Auger and one by Bobby Chaumont.
Fort Wayne will be making their first trip to the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Finals in their second season in the CHL and will be taking on the Wichita Thunder in the battle for the Cup.
The Finals will begin in Wichita with games 1 and 2 at INTRUST Bank Arena on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday April 29. The series will switch to Fort Wayne for games 3 and 4 Thursday, May 3 and Saturday, May 5. The remainder of the Finals schedule will be announced shortly.
Tickets for Komet home games 1 and 2 of the Finals, Thursday, May 3 and Saturday, May 5, go on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office and online at Ticketmaster Friday morning at 10:00. For ticket information call the Komet office at (260) 483-0011.
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