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No discipline for Munce

At the end of the Komets' 5-4 victory over Bossier-Shreveport on Wednesday, Mudbugs goaltender Ryan Munce made an obscene gesture in the direction of referee Ryan Hersey.

He will not be disciplined for the action because a) no penalty was called for the action; b) the Komets didn't request a review of the act; c) it didn't appear on the official's report; d) no one from hockey operations saw it first hand.

I don't want to make too big a deal out of this -- we've seen Komets players do similar things several times -- but I do have to wonder why a misconduct or or something wasn't given at the 20-minute mark of the third period. I saw it clear as day, as did many, many fans, and I know some of the officials were looking right at Munce.

The teams meet again tonight at Memorial Coliseum. And, no, all-star defenseman Frankie DeAngelis won't be back in the lineup for Fort Wayne. Click here to read today's story about DeAngelis and how he's been coping with his injury.

By the way, it is true that the Komets are assuming their first two playoff games will be April 6 and 8 at the Coliseum. However, it is way too premature to make much of that. We don't know the opponent, and that opponent will have to determine how it best wants to use its home-ice advantage. They could play Friday-Sunday; Friday-Saturday, etc., and that will dictate what the Komets want to do with Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-five series.

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