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Komets win, Komets win … again.

And so the beat goes on. Score it Komets 5, Quad City 3 tonight at Memorial Coliseum, the Komets’ sixth straight win and their ninth since they last lost in regulation Dec. 29 against Dayton.

It took some doing. The Komets blew a 3-1 lead as Quad City dominated the middle part of the game and got two huge breaks – one when Leo Thomas’ goal, which would have made it 4-1, was disallowed, and one when Matt Syroczinski just missed on a penalty shot, the puck catching the knob on Quad City goalie Jerad Kaufmann’s stick and kicking away.

A rare piece of bad luck for Syroczinski, who did pick up three more assists and now has six goals and 12 points in eight games in the orange-and-black.

“Maybe he’s Fort Wayne-itis, I don’t know, coming from Norfolk,” Komets coach Al Sims joked. “Tonight he had four chances alone with the goalie. Maybe those would all go in for him (in Norfolk).

“But we got one more than the other team, and that was the key.”

A couple of other observations:

  • Tim Haun continues to shine between the pipes. Tonight Quad City put 37 shots on him and he stoned Jacques Perreault and Kyryll Katrych in the third period to keep the Komets and Mallards even.
  • The game ended on Chaulk’s empty-netter at 19:59 of the third, but nobody told hulking Mallards’ defenseman Jason Goulet. He and Kevin Bertram dropped the gloves and waltzed after the horn, a bizarre coda to a night that began with a bizarre moment, Quad City’s initial goal.

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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