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Tim Haun makes one of his 38 saves Friday. He's got back-to-back shutouts.

Another Haun-believable shutout

The Komets kept their shutout streak going. So did the Flint Generals.

Fort Wayne goaltender Tim Haun, who continues to cement himself as an early front-runner for IHL MVP honors, stopped 38 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Flint Generals. Haun hasn't allowed a goal in 127 minutes, 54 seconds.

Of course, that's nothing compared to abhorrence of the Generals, who haven't netted a single goal in 254:34. Ouch.

Haun leads the league in goals-against average (2.08) and save percentage (.925), and is second in victories (14) and shutouts (two).

Not bad for a player who was in the Southern Professional Hockey League last season. But he's certainly earned his stripes.

Two things of note have happened to boost Haun's play, and they were both mental.

First, when Nick Boucher went down for a month with hand injuries, Haun was pressed into action and had no choice but to go out and play without thinking about the ramifications of what could happen. The Komets didn't have another goalie on the active roster.

Secondly, after he served his seven-game suspension for the baseball-like swing of the stick at Port Huron's Derek Patrosso, he's tried to keep his emotions in check more.

Scoring for the Komets were Matt Syroczynski, P.C. Drouin and Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock. Does anyone think the Komets aren't a better team with Syroczynski in the lineup? He's got six goals in six games.

As for Flint, well, the Generals certainly had chances to score. But you can clearly tell they're holding the sticks too tightly and over-thinking things. They're trying to place the shots, instead of just making them.

The Generals play Quad City on Saturday. The Mallards are the sixth-place team, but they're also on a 5-0-1 streak. Fort Wayne plays at Bloomington, which was idle.

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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