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Komets trail 2-0 after 1

The Komets trail the Rapid City Rush 2-0 after one period in Game 3 of the Turner Conference semifinals at Memorial Coliseum.

The big thing is this: The Komets are playing too unselfishly and need to shoot the puck; they've been outshot 7-3.

The Rush scored just after a penalty to Tab Lardner -- a bad penalty for holding -- expired. It came from Dave Grimson.

The second goal was a power-play goal with Colin Chaulk in the box for holding. Grimson's shot from the point hit goalie Kevin Reiter, who couldn't control the rebound and Konrad Reeder tucked it in for a 2-0 lead.

How's that goaltending switch going? Not well.

Frankly, I didn't get it in the first place. Nick Boucher had won 15 straight home playoff games. He gave up one bad goal in the first two games of this series, and it was identical to the second goal tonight.

Last season, Boucher was taken out of Game 4 of the finals -- at his suggestion -- because he hadn't played well at Perani Arena. Tim Haun won that game.

That wasn't the case tonight. Boucher has been money here. I just don't get it.

The Komets can still win this game, but only if they start shooting the dang puck.

As for rookie Tom Mele, who is in his professional debut, he's been Fort Wayne's best player out there.

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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