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Looking toward Game 2

And there's lots of reportage from around the IHL

First off, I will be covering Game 2 at McMorran Arena on Saturday night, and I'm told by the folks in Port Huron that no one else from Fort Wayne has asked for credentials yet.

Remember, if you want live updates, in addition to these blog posts, during the game, you can follow them on www.twitter.com/jgkomets.

Going to McMorran is fascinating -- and this will be the angle of the story in Saturday's newspaper -- because of the notoriously small ice surface. It's listed as being 185 feet by 85 feet, though many players believe it's much smaller, and I agree. (Regulation rinks, such as Memorial Coliseum, are 200 by 85.)

The key to success at McMorran: Make quick plays. The team that stops to think is the one that will turn the puck over and lose.

Nick Boucher will get the start in net for the Komets. He's won 14 of 16 games there with the Komets. Asked why that is, he didn't have a great explanation other than he played his first game there well and has had confidence ever since.

  • Here's the game story from today. And this is Ben Smith's column on the goaltenders.
  • Video of Justin Hodgman's sick goal from the Komets' 4-2 victory in Game 1, plus a lot more, such as the run-ins the Icehawks had with goaltender Tim Haun, can be see on the right side, courtesy of Otto Boschet. For more video: Click here.
  • Port Huron's newspaper didn't staff the game, but it had this write-up.
  • The Dayton Gems have fired John Marks as coach: Click here.
  • The North American Hockey League appears to be moving to Flint -- click here -- though it's unclear if this spells the end of the Generals' professional team there or not. I've heard conflicting stories on whether the NAHL team would play at Perani Arena or not. Either way, I'm continually amazed that these cities accustomed to pro hockey think they're going to like these junior leagues.
  • The Generals are looking toward their playoff series with Muskegon. Click here for coverage, which includes lots of talk of the Komets' 2008 Cup victory.
  • The Lumberjacks should try to channel John Cullen -- click here.
  • Huntsville won the Southern Professional Hockey League championship. Its goaltender? Former Komet Dan McWhinney.

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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