FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Komets opened the ECHL playoffs in dominating fashion on Friday night, topping Kalamazoo 4-2 in game one of their first round playoff series at War Memorial Coliseum.

Komets defenseman Drew Daniels opened the scoring at 13:50 into the first period, giving the Komets a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes into the second frame the Wings tied it up, with Gergo Nagy lighting the lamp for Kalamazoo.

Shawn Szydlowski – who finished fifth in ECHL MVP voting – put Fort Wayne ahead midway through the second frame to stake the Komets to a 2-1 lead. With six seconds left in the period Eric Faille redirected a Cody Sol slap shot tp put the Komets up 3-1 heading into the third.

Paul Crowder’s goal 7:55 into the third upped the Komets lead to 4-1. A Patrick Kennedy power play goal with 1:05 left set the final at 4-2.

Rookie Roman Will, who started in goal over veteran Pat Nagle, stopped 28-of-30 shots for the Komets.

Game two is set for tomorrow night at 7:35 p.m. at the Coliseum. The series then shifts to Kalamazoo, with game three Wednesday night.