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Komets goalie Nick Boucher

Boucher upbeat about injury (updated)

Komets fans can breathe a little easier.

Goaltender Nick Boucher, who took himself out of Sunday's 2-1 victory over Flint because of a shoulder injury, was upbeat today.

"It looks to be a tweaked rotator cuff and I did some treatment on it. It's pretty sore and tender, opposed to how it was (Sunday), but there are no structural issues," said Boucher, who injured it when he collided with the goalpost in the first period.

"It feels OK and I think it will get better. We're expecting it to make pretty good improvement."

Coach Al Sims hasn't said whether he will start Boucher or Tim Haun in Game 1 of the IHL semifinals Thursday at Memorial Coliseum. The Komets will face the Port Huron Icehawks.

Sims' son, Tyler, who has spent time this season with Fort Wayne, Mississippi of the Central Hockey League, plus Elmira and Bakersfield of the ECHL, will be the Komets' emergency goalie should neither Boucher nor Haun be able to go.

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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