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Ice Chips

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Komets roll

One down, two to go in the Week That Is.

The Komets swept easily past Bloomington tonight, 5-0, getting two goals from Sean O'Connor, one apiece from Konstantin Shafranov, Colin Chaulk and Justin Chwedoruk and outshooting the PrairieThunder 46-25. That gives them 102 shots in their last two games.

More to the point, they got the effort at the other end. Chaulk actually made a save once when goalie Tim Haun got caught out of net, and Bobby Phillips made a great play to break up a 3-on-1. As coach Al Sims said later, they played as if they knew what was at stake this week.

Along those lines: Muskegon lost 4-3 at home to Quad City tonight, pulling the Komets to within eight points of first.

"Hard to believe that's possible considering where we were a month ago," Sims said. "Just shows you how quickly things can change."

A couple of other notes:

* O'Connor has now scored three goals in his last two games.

* Chwedoruk (4), Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock (5), Leo Thomas (6) and Matt Syroczynski all had four or more shots. David Hukalo, in his first game back, had three.

* Speaking of Thomas, he dropped the gloves and went a couple of rounds with Bloomington's Greg McCauley tonight. It was, he said, his first fight in two years.

"I forgot how much it wears you out," he said.

* Shafranov continues to churn out points. He had a goal and an assist tonight and now has 43 points on the season.

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