The excitement of making it to the next stage of the post-season died off in less than four minutes for Ryan Faragher.
It was a nightmarish start to the second round of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs for the 23-year-old Fort Frances native and the rest of the Utah Grizzlies, who trail the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Komets 2-0 after a pair of road losses to open the best-of-seven series.
But the Komets left Utah starstruck in the early going of their 6-4 win in Game 1 on Friday night.
Faragher surrendered a goal to Cody Sol just 32 seconds into the game, then gave up another to Mike Embach at 2:37.
Troy Bourke made it 3-0 at 3:23—causing Faragher to be pulled for backup Mark Owuya after just three saves on six shots.
Utah rallied to tie it in the second, but Owuya got tagged with the loss after he gave up a power-play goal to Kyle Thomas late in the middle frame.
He also yielded a third-period short-handed marker by Trevor Cheek.
Owuya then got the starting nod for Game 2 on Saturday but couldn’t get the job done, making 34 saves as the Grizzlies fell 5-3.
Utah will try and get back on track as it hosts the next three games at home.
Game 3 goes Wednesday night, with Game 4 on Friday and Game 5 (if necessary) set for Saturday.
Should the Grizzlies extend the series, Fort Wayne will host Games 6 and 7 next Monday and Tuesday.