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Ice Chips

  • Priming Game 3
    The Reading Royals are the defending champions of the ECHL, and it would be naïve of the Komets to think it would be easy to unseat them.
  • Clarke is K's Mr. Steady
    The Komets rely on their veterans to temper the enthusiasm of the highs and get through the frustration of the lows. And no one in the locker room is more even keel than Aaron Clarke, a 31-year-old forward.
  • Royals bolstered
    The Reading Royals' lineup was bolstered today, as Dustin Gazley was sent down by Hershey of the American Hockey League. He had eight goals and 15 points in 42 games with Hershey.

aPod shuffles K's to victory

Artem Podshendyalov had the best game of his young career, and the Komets' late charge gave them a 5-3 victory at Bloomington, Ill.

The PrairieThunder led 2-1 before the Komets rattled off four unanswered goals in the last 33 minutes, 18 seconds of play.

It began with back-to-back goals from Podshendyalov, who also had an assist in the eighth game of the 21-year-old forward's professional career. Forwards Colin Chaulk and Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock also scored in the third period, before Bloomington's Jon Booras found the net.

The Komets improved their recent surge to 6-1-4. However, the Komets had failed to tally five goals in any of their previous five games.

The Komets got a first-period goal from Neil Musselwhite, and goaltender Nick Boucher stopped 30 of 33 shots, in front of 3,455 fans at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The Komets play host to the Mississippi RiverKings on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.

  • It was Guy Dupuis' 1,000th game with the Komets. Click here to read about that.

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