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K's win 2-1, ready for tougher competition

Boucher broke finger on left hand

First off, here's what really happened with Nick Boucher: The Komets goaltender suffered a broken pinky finger on his left hand during practice Thursday, on the heels of him hyper-extending the thumb on his right hand the week before.

This is bascially about pain management. The Komets will evaluate Boucher on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Tim Haun has looked solid. He stopped 16 of 17 shots Friday, as the Komets defeated the IHL's worst team, the Quad City Mallards, 2-1.

Much praise should be given not only to Haun, and to Tomas Klempa and Guy Dupuis for scoring goals, but to the entire Fort Wayne defense. It was blocking all sorts of shots and that aided Haun, who is 3-1-0.

Fort Wayne coach Al Sims pointed out the next two games will get tougher. Saturday, Fort Wayne takes on a very fast Dayton team, which shoots a lot. Sunday, there will be the game against first-place Muskegon.

Haun and company will have to keep this all up.

My three stars of the game: First star, Quad City goalie Kyle Jones, who kept his team in it all night; Second star, Fort Wayne goalie Tim Haun, who was good when he had to be; Third star (tie), Fort Wayne's Leo Thomas and Quad City's Patrick Levesque, who both made noticable impacts at both ends of the ice.

Finally, a Komets fan, Jeff Bonar, won $10,000 for correctly picking the score of all three periods. No one had won the contest, sponsored by Fort Wayne Arena Jeep and Chrysler Dealers, in almost seven years.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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