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Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

A different feel

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- I'm in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, and I must say, it's very nice.

It is a lot like L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, except a lot more modern. Ribbon board and everything. It's also a little like U.S. Cellular in Bloomington, just smaller.

The seats here really put the fans close to the action and I could envision this place getting very loud.

The Komets will go with the same lineup as they had in the first round against Bloomington. Bobby Phillips didn't wind up making the trip because of his shoulder injury.

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