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Finally ... K's score

It only took 124 minutes, 41 seconds, but the Komets finally scored a goal on home ice.

Brandon Naurato netted the shot from the slot, after he was set up by Sean O'Connor's pass from the left boards.

The Komets lead Evansville 1-0.

By the way, the referee tonight is Kevin Mallin. My initial reaction: What's it been? Ten years?

Amazingly, I believe it was. I did an archive search and the last time I mentioned his name was in 2000, when I wrote:

"After the Komets were put in short-handed situations seven times in a 3-1 loss to Knoxville on Friday, people within the Fort Wayne organization were incensed with referee Kevin Mallin. One member of the team said Mallin is the worst official in the league, with Jerry Pateman running a close second."

Ah, those old fun times with United Hockey League officiating.

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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