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Nick Boucher of the Komets makes a save in the first period of a 4-3 victory over visiting Port Huron on Saturday night.

Komets deal with Port Huron successfully

The Komets are still holding out hope they can catch the Muskegon Lumberjacks, though that becomes a more unlikely scenario each passing day.

On Saturday night, the Komets decided they'd better deal with the team in the rearview mirror, at least, and they did that with a 4-3 victory over the Port Huron Icehawks.

Muskegon has 100 points with six games remaining. Fort Wayne has 92 points with seven games left. Port Huron has 88 points and six games remaining.

The Icehawks' chances of pulling into a tie with Fort Wayne were thwarted by the Komets' three power-play goals, all of which were scored from, or set up by, long-range shots.

"That (3-1 lead) was huge, and all those goals came from point shots," Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said. "(Goaltender Adam) Russo seemed to struggle with long shots, so we found the net three times, and it was a big night for our power play, one of the biggest nights of the year."

Russo was yanked after two periods, during which he stopped 24 of 28 shots. His replacement, Larry Sterling, stopped all nine shots he faced.

Fort Wayne goaltender Nick Boucher stopped 26 of 29 shots.

The Komets got goals from Matt Syroczynski, Guy Dupuis, P.C. Drouin and Sean O'Connor, while the Icehawks' tallies came from Kris Vernarsky, who scored twice, and Mikael Bedard.

Dupuis, the Komets' captain, has now totaled 500 regular-season points with the Komets.

Wednesday's game between the Komets and Muskegon ought to be a doozy.

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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