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Komets and Mudbugs tied at 1 after one period

The Komets and Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs are tied at 1 after one period at Memorial Coliseum, but it has been an exciting game.

And not just because of the awesome fight between Jon Mirasty and James DeLory.

The Komets have outshot the Mudbugs 20-6. That's the most the Mudbugs have given up in a period this season.

The Mudbugs' goal came from Steven Crampton, who got to a puck that ricocheted off the boards behind the net and jammed it between the left post and goalie Kevin Reiter. The Komets got a goal during a 2-on-1 rush, after Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock set up Artem Podshendyalov, who has spent most of the game on the top line with Colin Chaulk and Tab Lardner.

There has been great goaltending from Bossier-Shreveport's John DeCaro, who has stoned a Shrock breakaway and 18 other shots.

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