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Good atmosphere

FLINT, Mich. -- Greetings from Perani Arena. As a matter of full disclosure, I haven't been here since the 2008-09 season. The arena is in better shape than I've seen it for awhile. Clean. Warm. Good.

There is also a great buzz in the air. A little too early to tell how many people will be here to see the Generals come back from a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series, but there is a line out the door right now.

The referee will be T.J. Luxmore.

I expect this game to be much more physical. Flint needs to assert a presence -- now. And the Komets need to stand up to it and not let up any early goals.

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