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Penalty kill drives K's to victory

Sometimes a statistic just jumps off the page like this one.

Dayton: 11 power plays, 1 goal.


And the amazing thing about that is that Gems' only power-play goal against the Komets came during a 5-on-3 power play, on which Fort Wayne had already scored short-handed.

The Komets wound up with a 6-3 victory over the Gems, in front of 7,981 fans at Memorial Coliseum. It was the Komets' ninth victory in their last 11 games and brought them to within a point of the Gems for seventh place in the Turner Conference. The top eight teams in the conference will make the playoffs.

"We're coming along and a lot of guys are pitching in," said forward Tab Lardner, who had two goals and an assist. "We're getting scoring from everywhere, and that's fantastic. Now we've just got to tighten up our (defensive) zone and maybe we'll end up being a contender after all."

Over the last 11 games, Lardner has nine goals, linemate Derek Patrosso has 15 points and linemate Colin Chaulk has 14 points.

Also scoring tonight for the Komets (22-20-5) were Guy Dupuis and Sean O'Connor, who added two assists apiece, Danny Lapointe and Mathieu Curadeau. Dayton (23-20-4) got two goals from Jonathan Ornelas and one from Mike Vaskivuo.

After losing the first four games of the season series, the Komets are 6-4-1 against the Brian Gratz-coached Gems.

"I thought our special teams won the game," said Fort Wayne coach Al Sims, whose team scored on 3 of 4 power plays.

In answer to the question about defenseman Michael Ratchuk, who is on assignment from Springfield of the American Hockey League, the Komets are treating his presence as day-to-day, since he could be called up any time.

"He's a very offensive defenseman and he's a kid who's going to create a lot of offense from the back end," Sims said.

Ratchuk has three assists in four games with the Komets.

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