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Lots of action, no scoring

The Komets have come out hard and had myriad great scoring chances, but their game with the Rapid City Rush is still scoreless at Memorial Coliseum.

Rush goalie Danny Battochio, who came back after missing the Komets' 5-4 overtime victory in Game 3, has been stellar so far. His best save came against defenseman Frankie DeAngelis during a power play.

The shots are 10-8 in favor of the Komets, who trail the best-of-five Turner Conference semifinals 2-1.

By the way, Derek Patrosso is back in the Fort Wayne lineup after being a healthy scratch on Wednesday. Rookie Tom Mele is back out.

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