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Ice Chips

  • Video, postgame reaction
      The Komets' goal was clear tonight: Get in front of the net, wreak havoc, get to rebounds and score goals. They did that in a 5-1 victory over the Reading Royals, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
  • Komets take 2-1 series lead
    Patience paid off the Komets on Thursday night as they defeated Reading 5-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at at Memorial Coliseum.The Komets lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 3 is Friday at the Coliseum.
  • K's leading after 2
    After two periods at Memorial Coliseum, the Komets lead the Reading Royals 2-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The series is tied at 1.

Battochio still gametime decision

I am still hoping for comment from the league about the return of Ryan Menei to the Rapid City lineup tonight. I know he will be in warmups; we'll see if he actually goes.

The Rush were as surprised as anyone Menei was able to come back. He has been without concussion symptoms for a couple days. Also, rookie Ryan Adams will make his professional debut for the Rush.

As for Rush goaltender Danny Battochio, who hasn't played since leaving after the first period of Game 2 with an undisclosed injury, is going to see how it goes in warmups.

The Rush lead the best-of-five Turner Conference semifinals 2-1.

I'm expecting around 7,000 fans at Memorial Coliseum tonight. Not bad, considering they had 32 hours to sell tickets.

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