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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Well, that was a completely different period for the Bloomington PrairieThunder.

Why? Because it was hitting everything in sight. That needs to be its game. That's the best way to beat the Komets -- by beating the Komets up.

And now it's tied at 1, after two periods at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Former Komets forward Travis Granbois scored with a 35-foot shot, with the teams playing 4-on-4 at 16:25, and it slipped just past goaltender Nick Boucher's glove.

The PrairieThunder had two other amazing scoring chances. A Jon Booras shot ricocheted off Boucher and went over him, and I still don't know how it stayed out of the net. And, a Dustin DeGagne blast at the net, when Boucher was out of position, was blocked by forward Danny Lapointe.

It was a very intense period. This third period is the biggest in Bloomington's history, no doubt.

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