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K's win for 12th time in 14 games, but Ratchuk called up

How about Derek Patrosso? He came into Friday with only seven goals, then netted the Komets' second hat trick of the season -- Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock had the other -- and Fort Wayne defeated the Quad City Mallards 4-1.

For the Komets, it was their 12th victory in their last 14 games and pulled them within two points of the Mallards and Wichita, who are tied for fifth place in the Turner Conference.

"It was frustrating me big-time," said Patrosso, who came into the season expected to net around 30 goals, which he did last season with Port Huron of the IHL. "I felt I was passing too much and was kind of taking away a lot of my options because I was passing so much. I was going to try to focus on getting that mentality of being a goal-scorer."

He had six shots tonight against Adam Russo, his former teammate in Port Huron.

Patrosso has six goals and 25 points over the last 18 games.

Meanwhile, The Journal Gazette has learned the defenseman Michael Ratchuk, who has six assists and a plus-2 rating in eight games, has been recalled to Springfield of the American Hockey League.

This can be traced to the decision by the Komets' parent club, the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, to waive defenseman Mike Commodore. Depending on what happens at the NHL's trade deadline Monday, Ratchuk may be back as soon as Tuesday, Ratchuk said.

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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