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Road dominance continues

Reiter gets first shutout of season

Some things have become habitual for the Komets.

Like their dominance on the road, where they've won eight straight games. Like the point production of Tab Lardner, who has seven goals and 11 points in the last seven games. And like the playmaking of Colin Chaulk, who has two goals and 10 points in the last six games.

The Komets defeated the Dayton Gems 2-0 on Saturday night, in front of 3,319 fans at Hara Arena, in a game that saw Lardner tally a goal, and Chaulk account for two assists. Left wing P.C. Drouin also scored for the Komets, who rebounded from Friday's 4-2 loss to the Quad City Mallards at Memorial Coliseum.

Goaltender Kevin Retier made 20 saves for Fort Wayne's first shutout of the season.

Fort Wayne (20-19-5) pulled within three points of Dayton (22-18-4) for seventh place in the Central Hockey League's Turner Conference.

Dayton was scoreless on eight power plays. Fort Wayne was scoreless on five, including a major penalty on Dayton's Nathan Schwartzbauer, who injured Sean O'Connor on the play.

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