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Boucher’s goaltending ‘stood tall’ even as K’s sputter


The Komets are coming off a 1-0 overtime loss to the Quad City Mallards on Sunday, and they’re 1-1-1 in their last three games.

Despite the lack of offense – they produced three goals in those games – the undeniable positive was the play of goaltender Nick Boucher, who stopped 61 of 63 shots in the games Saturday (a 2-1 victory at Dayton) and Sunday.

“Yeah, he had a great weekend,” coach Al Sims said. “Maybe two of his best games of the year. Definitely in Dayton, his best game of the year and (against the Mallards) he was very solid as well. Especially on things around the net, (wraparounds) and things like that.”

Boucher, who backstopped the Komets to the last three championships of the International Hockey League, has had his share of trials this season, as has the entire Fort Wayne team. He was yanked from three games between Dec. 10 and Jan. 1, and the Komets’ record of 10-16-4 is worst in the 18-team Central Hockey League.

“Around Christmas, I had a few good games,” said Boucher, who is 8-9-3 with a 3.12 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. “I’m starting to get into a rhythm and obviously having (center Colin Chaulk) back is helping. Guys are a little more accountable now than they have been so that’s encouraging for sure, I think, all around.”

The CHL All-Star Game is Wednesday in Rapid City, S.D., with defenseman Frankie DeAngelis the only Fort Wayne representative.

The Komets play host to Evansville on Friday. It’s not yet known whether they’ll start Boucher or Kevin Reiter, who is 2-7-1 with a 3.05 GAA and a .890 save percentage.

“Bouch has been playing unbelievable for us, so we’re confident with our goaltending,” DeAngelis said. “(Saturday), he absolutely stole the show for us. He made some highlight-reel saves, more than a handful. He was unbelievable. And (Sunday), same thing. He stood tall. We don’t give him any goals and he’s playing so well. We’ve just got to keep working. We’re getting the chances, they’ve just got to start going in for us.”