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The road continues to be kind to the Komets, even though they had never traveled this road before.

In their first ever game at Bossier-Shreveport, La., the Komets defeated the Mudbugs 5-3 on Friday night.

Leading the Komets (14-18-5) to their fifth straight road victory – the antithesis to their current 1-3-3 run at home – was center Colin Chaulk with a goal and two assists.

He got the Komets going with a goal 3:43 into the game, and helped set up forward Derek Patrosso at 11:46.

After former Komet Jamie Milam scored for the Mudbugs at 19:37, Chaulk assisted on a goal by defenseman Bobby Phillips at 1:28 of the second period for a 3-1 lead.

The Komets also got goals from left wing P.C. Drouin and center Danny Lapointe, who found an empty net.

Kevin Reiter stopped 23 of 26 shots for the Komets, who are tied with Evansville for the worst record in the 18-team Central Hockey League. Tonight, they take on the Mudbugs (22-18-2) again.

Friday marked the debut of defenseman Michael Ratchuk, the former second-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, assigned to the Komets by the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets last Sunday. In his first game at the AA level, and his first game of the season on defense, his slapshot from the blue line was redirected by Patrosso for the second goal.

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