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Have you recovered?

I wonder how many people left early Wednesday night? I wonder if anyone will actually admit to it.

Last night was, of course, the Komets' 5-4 overtime victory over the Rapid City Rush, in a game the Komets trailed by three goals midway through the third period.

The Rush still leads the best-of-five Turner Conference semifinals 2-1 with Game 4 at Memorial Coliseum on Friday night.

If you did miss the comeback, click here, and there are videos of the goals.

  • When you're wrong, you're wrong. And I can admit it -- I was wrong. As anyone who reads my Twitter -- -- knows, I was not fond of the decision to start Kevin Reiter over Nick Boucher. But as the game wore on, it started to look more and more brilliant because the added mobility really aided the short-handed and beleaguered Komets. I don't care what anyone says, Al Sims can coach. You don't win this many championships without knowing your stuff. And you cannot tell me he doesn't make good adjustments in the playoffs. For example, remember in Game 1 when I wrote the Komets were playing too passively? They haven't done it since. At this point, I think it falls on the locker room leaders to make sure the Komets stop taking bad penalties. I'm not saying the officiating has been good -- Games 1 and 3, it was brutal -- but some of the retaliatory stuff really can be avoided.
  • Read this, from Ben Smith. And this, from InsideDakotaSports. And check these out: Love the picture of Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock.
  • As much as we keep writing, and the Komets keep saying, that this team has so many players who have been through these comebacks that they just know how to get it done, did you notice that many of the major contributors were younger guys? Schrock, Frankie DeAngelis, Artem Podshendyalov, for example, aren't exactly seasoned veterans. And even Mathieu Curadeau, who netted the OT winner, was only here for only one of those comebacks from down 3-1, and that was in 2008.
  • This should be noted, by the way: The Komets have two players under contract for next season -- Colin Chaulk and P.C. Drouin. Sims is, also, under contract.
  • Considering tickets for Game 4 didn't go on sale until 10 a.m. today, what kind of crowd do you think we can realistically expect? It being a Friday night really does help the Komets' cause.

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