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Who needs Lunesta ...

... when you've got a sleep aid like this?

"This" being the first period here between the Komets and Quad City, which began and ended 0-0. Not much of anything was generated offensively by either team; at the timeout break with 6:46 to play in the period, there were just eight shots total, and Quad City managed just three shots on Nick Boucher the entire period.

The Komets, meanwhile, stuck Quad City goalie David Brown with 11, but it was a soft 11. Their only power play of of the period didn't produce a single shot on goal, and the best chances were a pair of wristers from the slot by P.C. Drouin, one of which Brown took on the blocker and the other he swallowed with the body.

Tab Lardner thought he'd scored late in the period, shoveling a pass from Sean O'Connor behind the net at Brown from the corner of the goal. But the puck never crossed the goal line.

It was a fitting end to a relatively fruitless period of hockey. The Komets spent a lot of time on the perimeter and not nearly enough going to the net and getting bodies in front of Brown to obstruct his line of sight.

Maybe next period.

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