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This is fun

RAPID CITY, S. D. -- So far, this has been a game for the ages, and the Komets lead the Rapid City Rush at 3-2 late in the second period.

Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, who I didn't think would be able to play because of the cut he suffered on his foot during the 5-3 loss Friday, scored for the Komets late in the first period to tie it at 1. He redirected the puck into the top of the net, after Danny Lapointe did a Pavel Datsyuk-like fake streaking down the right side, befuddling the defender.

Rush goalie Danny Battochio didn't come out for the second period, and Tim Boron hasn't looked as sharp in relief.

But he got some early help from Les Reaney, who got his second of the night when goalie Nick Boucher was caught too far out of net. Reaney did the Komets a favor though, drawing a major penalty for running Sean O'Connor from behind. O'Connor has been a marked man since his first-period hit knocked Ryan Menei out of the game.

The Komets wound up with 3:30 of 5-on-3 action and got a Matt Krug goal, after a pass from O'Connor, who missed only one shift. Center Colin Chaulk made it 3-2 at 12:25, when a puck slithered underneath Boron and Chaulk poked it into an open net.

Whereas almost all the calls in Game 1 went in favor of the Rush, tonight they have gone the Komets' way.

Simply, this has been the most exciting game I think I've seen in the minor leagues since the 2008 playoffs.

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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