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Colin Chaulk celebrates his first-period goal in a 7-1 victory over Bloomington.

K's dominate Bloomington 7-1

The Komets' 7-1 victory over the Bloomington PrairieThunder was missing only one thing -- a shutout.

Hopes for the Komets' first one of the season ended on defenseman Alan Mazur's goal with 1:11 remaining.

Other than that, the Komets were simply marvelous.

"I think this was impressive," Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said. "They're one of the top teams in the league, they have the (third) fewest losses in the league, and to win decisively like that was great for our team."

But winning has become habitual for once-dormant Komets (19-18-5), who went over the .500 mark for the first time this season by capturing their sixth straight game.

"You never know what's going to make the chemistry of a hockey team go, or the momentum on the ice go," said right wing Sean O'Connor, who had two goals against the 24-16-2 PrairieThunder. "We're getting some bounces and breaks, and things seem to be going our way. It's also about hard work and dealing with the adversity we had to deal with in the first half of the season.

"It was a tough stretch to go through (being in last place until last week). … We've been on the other side of things and know what it's like, not getting the bounces, so we're going to keep going, keep things simple."

Jon Mirasty's debut included a good fight with Garrett Klotz on Mirasty's second shift of the game.

"It's nice to make my presence known right away," he told the Journal Gazette's Ben Smith. "First game in this building. Fans seemed great already. So you know, I wanted to try and get the boys going. We started out flat a little bit, so I thought I would give a little spark and it seemed to work out."

The Komets got two goals from center Colin Chaulk and tallies from Derek Patrosso, Tab Lardner and Frankie DeAngelis.

The game marked the returns of Leo Thomas, who missed 15 games with a sprained ankle, and Brandon Warner, who missed 14 with a separated shoulder.

"It's amazing," said Thomas, who was scoreless but fought Jason Deleurme. "I've got to get the lungs back a little bit, but it's great to be back. It's hard sitting out for that long, watching your teammates. It was great to see them win and play well, but you want to be out there, helping them out."

  • Click here to read today's story about Tab Lardner, who had another good game against Bloomington.
  • Samuel Hoffman has some excellent photos from tonight's game: Click here.
  • Here's what they're saying out of Wichita about the brawling and suspensions from the Komets' 5-4 victory Saturday.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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