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Fort Wayne captures Bruce Taylor Trophy as Western Conference champions

Wednesday, June 23rd
Fort Wayne captures Bruce Taylor Trophy as Western Conference champions

The Fort Wayne Komets captured the Bruce Taylor Trophy as Western Conference champions on Tuesday with a 3-2 overtime win over the Allen Americans in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Fort Wayne wins the series 3 games to 1, and advances to meet the South Carolina Stingrays in the 2021 Kelly Cup Finals. That series begins on Friday at the Carolina Ice Palace in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, Stephen Harper got the Komets on the scoreboard at 16:36 of the second period and Matthew Boudens forced extra time with 4:10 remaining in regulation. Alan Lyszczarczyk wasted no time in overtime, giving the Komets the winning tally 1:09 into the extra session.

Lyszczarczyk (3g-2a), Anthony Nellis (2g-3a) and Shawn Szydlowski led Fort Wayne in the series with five points each while Corey Mackin paced Allen with four goals and five points.

This is the Komets’ first trip to the Kelly Cup Finals in team history. Fort Wayne has won nine overall championships in the International Hockey League, United Hockey and Central Hockey League since its inception in 1952.

The trophy is named in recognition of Bruce Taylor, who was the founding father of the West Coast Hockey League. In the early 1990s, Taylor purchased teams in Fresno, Reno and Bakersfield and in 1995 joined them with teams in Anchorage, Fairbanks and San Diego to form the West Coast Hockey League. The Taylor Cup was presented to the playoff champion in the WCHL from the league’s inaugural season in 1995-96 until the league ceased operations following the 2002-03 season. Taylor’s ownership in hockey began in 1983 with the purchase of the Burnaby Bluehawks of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League and continued with the purchase of the Richmond Sockeyes in the BCJHL and the New Westminster Royals in the BCJHL.

Bruce Taylor Trophy Champions2021    Fort Wayne Komets2020    Trophy not awarded due to COVID-192019    Toledo Walleye2018    Colorado Eagles2017    Colorado Eagles    2016    Allen Americans    2015    Allen Americans    2014    Alaska Aces    2013    Stockton Thunder    2012    Las Vegas Wranglers    2011    Alaska Aces    2010    Idaho Steelheads    2009    Alaska Aces    2008    Las Vegas Wranglers    2007    Idaho Steelheads    2006    Alaska Aces    2005    Trenton Titans    2004    Idaho Steelheads    2003    Columbia Inferno    2002    Greenville Grrrowl    2001    South Carolina Stingrays    2000    Louisiana IceGators    1999    Mississippi Sea Wolves    1998    Pensacola Ice Pilots

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