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Same old story

Well, we've seen this before, right?

Once again the Komets outshot an opponent (28-22). Once again they crashed the net, created traffic and chances, got their share of fat rebounds. Once again the puck either came off too long or too far away or deflected off a body or simply was fired directly at the guy between the net.

And so, a 1-0 loss 11 seconds into overtime, as Quad City got the bounce the Komets didn't get off the side boards to a wide open Joel Gasper, and Gasper cranked off the shot everyone was looking for all night -- top-shelf, screened, an absolute bullet. And another stellar outing by Nick Boucher goes wasted.

A couple of things:

* One thing Al Sims mentioned in the postgame is that the Komets need P.C. Drouin to "get some shots through." Drouin had a game-high six shots on goal, but Quad City goalie David Brown either had a clear look at them or they got caught up in bodies in front.

* Sims said he expects Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock to come off IR by Friday. He says Leo Thomas is still probably two weeks out.

* Everyone pretty much agreed that the last two nights have been Boucher's best back-to-back outings this season. Apparently he all but hung upside down from the rafters in the 2-1 win over Dayton Saturday, and in the third period he made several huge saves to force overtime as Quad City forced most of the action, outshooting the Komets 11-8.

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