Updated: Saturday, 21 Apr 2012, 11:59 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 22 Apr 2012, 12:00 AM EDT
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INDEPENDENCE, MO. - For the first time in the Turner Conference Finals home ice advantage held. Unfortunately for the Komets, it meant a win for Missouri.
The Mavericks scored three times in the first period and carried that momentum to a 5-2 win in game five. Missouri now leads the best-of-seven-series three games to two.
Trailing 1-0 midway through the first period, the Komets were able to draw even when rookie J.M. Rizk netted another big goal. The momentum shifted moments later when Ed McGrane scored a shorthanded goal. Brandon Smith lit the lamp as well with just over two minutes remaining in the period.
Eight minutes into the second period Frankie DeAngelis scored on a powerplay to pull the Komets within 3-2, but Missouri closed the door with goals from Sebastien Thinel and Kris Hogg.
Mavs goaltender Charlie Effinger was strong in net once again, stopping 24 of the 26 shots he faced.
The Komets - now on the brink of elimination - return to Fort Wayne for game six at 7:30 PM on Tuesday.
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