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Thanks, Mallards

God bless those Quad City Mallards. They may not know how to dress, but they sure have an impeccable sense of timing.

The Quack Pack brought its six-losses-in-seven-games skid and the second-puniest power play in the IHL to Memorial Coliseum tonight, and the Komets used it all as a springboard to get airborne again after being grounded in Muskegon and Port Huron the last two games.

The 4-1 victory turned, predictably, on the Komets’ ability to snuff the Mallards’ power play with the league’s second-best penalty kill. Quad went 0-for-5 with the extra skater and the game clearly turned in the Komets’ favor when they killed 90 seconds or so of 5-on-3 early in the second period.

“Anytime you can get a 5-on-3 for a minute or over a minute you’re gonna get a little bit of juice for the next three, four minutes,” Komets coach Al Sims said. “I thought Chaulker did a great job with Brandon (Warner) … We did a real good job of blocking shots. We got lucky with the post, but your goaltender is your best penalty killer and Bouch (Nick Boucher) did a good job.”

A couple of random observations:

  • Mitch Woods assisted on the first Komets goal and was plus-one for the night, a decent enough first game in his return to the ice. He was around the net on several occasions and will give the Komets another guy to crash the crease when he fully gets his conditioning back.
  • Matt Syroczynski picked up another assist, giving him 13 points now in 11 games. He also dropped the gloves for the first time this season, scoring a TKO over Ryan Palmer in the first period.

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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