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K's fortunate to be tied

The Komets and Evansville IceMen are tied at 1 after the first period. That's good news for the Komets, who were out-hustled, gave up eight of the first 11 shots and trailed 1-0 on Jordan Little's shot from the blue line, which caromed off the boards behind the net, hit goaltender Nick Boucher in the shin and trickled in.

Tab Lardner answered with a power-play goal 3:40 later.

The Komets have now outshot the IceMen 13-12.

Fort Wayne came into the night with 12 wins in 14 games, but it looks like they took the last-place IceMen a little lightly.

There was a cool pregame show which included eight people getting sworn into the Indiana National Guard. And the Komets are wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off, benefiting the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund.

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