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The Komets' David Hukalo charges the net before scoring the game-winning goal Wednesday, as Fort Wayne defeats Muskegon 3-0.

K's win in stroll down memory lane

Boucher steller with 27 saves, 3rd shutout

This could be the last time we ever see the Komets take on Muskegon, barring a very possible meeting in the Turner Cup Finals.

But the notion of never seeing these guys again had me reminiscing for, oh, 30 seconds, over the other teams that I've seen come and go.

Ah, the Binghamton (I still won't call them B.C., as in Broome County) Icemen, those once coached by Brad Jones.

Where are you now, oh, Canton "Never-should-have-left-Saginaw" Gears. Are you still hoping to return as the Ice Patrol? Or was it the Arctic Xpress? Both, I think.

Darn, how I miss the Asheville Smoke, which produced two things: Bad ice and Brent Gretzky.

Rockford, dear Rockford, do you still celebrate every goal in such obnoxious fashion?

Kalamazoo Wings, I still can't believe you got rid of the breadsticks at Wings Stadium, but I remember you lovingly as my favorite stadium to visit in the minors.

Columbus Stars, yes, it was farcical when you had to make your players shake hands, win or lose, in the lobby with the fans after the game, skates still on and all.

Knoxville ... Elmira ... Chicago ... Motor City ... Missouri ... New Haven ... I could do this all night ...

Anyway, the Komets mastered the Muskegon Lumberjacks 3-0 tonight. Terrific intensity from start to finish for Fort Wayne, which pulled within six points of the IHL's leaders.

Nick Boucher made 27 saves for the shutout, playing perhaps his best game of the season. He made stops on three odd-man rushes while his team was short-handed, clearly the key facet of the game.

Muskegon didn't have Robin Bouchard, the league's leading goal scorer, it should be noted. But the Komets clearly didn't want to let the regular-season championship get away quite yet.

A league official, by the way, came and picked up the Huber Trophy, which goes to the regular-season champs. The Komets wouldn't let go of the Turner Cup, quite yet.

Still a chance the Huber returns. Fort Wayne has six games remaining, all against lowly Dayton, Quad City and Flint, with only two games on the road. Muskegon, which has five remaining games, will play four of them on the road.

The Komets have an uphill battle, but it is possible. Unlikely, but possible.

By the way, Tim Haun (concussion) has been cleared to practice. He should be the backup this weekend, assuming he feels OK in the coming days. Mitch Woods was back in the lineup, after missing a couple weeks with a leg contusion.

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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