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Bounces going K's way

When you're playing well, the bounces go your way. Or is it, when the bounces go your way, you start playing well?

I don't know. Whatever.

The point is this: Some kooky things are going in favor of the Komets, who lead the visiting Quad City Mallards 2-1 during the first period Friday.

After giving up a Quad City goal on the first shot of the game, Fort Wayne has dominated. Right wing David Hukalo got it going by streaking down the ice, fighting off a defender and sending a weak shot on goaltender Kyle Jones. Amazingly -- or luckily -- Hukalo made a desperate whack at the puck from behind the net and somehow cajoled it into the net.

Just 33 seconds later, the Komets benefited from Mallards defenseman Shane Lovedahl being sprawled on the ice awaiting a whistle for injury that never came. He got hurt by missing a check on Colin Chaulk, who proceeded to send a pass to Konstantin Shafranov. While Lovedahl looked dizzied, Shafranov took his time, attacked the net and floated a backhand shot just inside the right goalpost.

The Komets are outshooting the Mallards 16-8.

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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