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Tab Lardner scores for the Komets in the second period of a 5-4 victory over Bossier-Shreveport.

Late Dupuis goal nets K's victory

Did anyone else notice Bossier-Shreveport goaltender Ryan Munce make an obscene gesture in the direction of referee Ryan Hersey as the netminder left the ice Wednesday night?

Munce was obviously upset that no call was made on Komets center Colin Chaulk, who brushed into him as defenseman Guy Dupuis scored the game-winning power-play goal with 1:12 remaining in the 5-4 Fort Wayne victory.

The contact wasn't severe, but it was there a bit, it looked like to me.

Still, it was good resiliency from the Komets, who had squandered a two-goal lead in the final frame against one of the best teams in the CHL.

"We could have folded our tents, the way we've been going lately," said Fort Wayne coach Al Sims, whose team pulled within one point of Dayton for seventh place in the Turner Conference, after losing 6 of 8 games.

"But it was a character win for us. We came back and our power play came through when it had to. It's a great win for us."

Artem Podshendyalov, who set up Dupuis for his goal, had three points on the night.

"Those guys (from Bossier-Shreveport) were 5-0-0 in their last five games, pretty much the hottest team in the league, so for us to come back and answer the bell, play strong at the end like we did, that was huge for us," Dupuis said.

The Komets, who outshot the Mudbugs 20-6 in the first period, finished with a 44-22 shooting advantage. Fort Wayne scored on 2 of 8 power plays; Bossier-Shreveport was 2 for 4.

Fort Wayne also got goals from Colin Chaulk, Tab Lardner and P.C. Drouin. The Mudbugs got goals from Andy Contois, Steven Crampton, Jeff Kyrzakos and Justin Aikins.

The teams meet again Friday night at Memorial Coliseum, where the attendance Wednesday was announced as 5,428.

Meanwhile, the Komets aren't sure when forward Sean O'Connor will be back from his wrist injury. They believe all-star defenseman Frankie DeAngelis, who has a concussion, will be back sometime in the regular season. DeAngelis seemed less optimistic, though, because he doesn't want to push things and risk his chances of being able to play in the postseason.

  • Laura Gardner has great photos from tonight's game: Click here.

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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