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Here's what I'd do

And get ready for a great episode of "We've got Game"

So, as the Komets deal with their 2-1 deficit in the best-of-seven IHL semifinals, the question is: What do do now?

My solution would be breaking up the top line of Justin Hodgman, Colin Chaulk and Matt Syroczynski. It has accounted for six of the Komets' nine goals.

If the Komets don't get offensive production from the second and third lines, they won't be able to win this series.

Sean O'Connor had two goals in the first game of the series but has been fairly silent since. Defenseman Guy Dupuis has the other goal, on a power play.

I would spread the wealth and see whether it gets other players going.

Here's what I'm thinking:

  • Top line: P.C. Drouin-Colin Chaulk-Sean O'Connor
  • Second line: Justin Chwedoruk-Leo Thomas-Matt Syroczynski
  • Third line: David Hukalo-Justin Hodgman-Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock
Play those and see who takes off. Or, I could be completely wrong and it could spoil the only good combination the Komets have right now, but what do you have to lose?

  • Tuesday's edition of "We've got Game," with Justin Cohn and Ben Smith, will be awesome. Our lineup of guests will include Komets president Michael Franke, and we will ask him about the future of the IHL. Also, we will have the Pittsburgh Steelers' Trai Essex, Mike Rothstein of, talking about the future of the Big Ten, and's Claire Novak will give us a tutorial on horse racing. You can listen to the show live 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, or you can listen to the replay whenever is convenient. Just use the radio button to the right when you can.

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