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I just can't quit South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Salutations from Rapid City. It's beginning to feel like home.

Before I forget, cheers to the guy wearing TinCaps gears in the Denver airport. That was pretty cool.

I have been mulling the surgery that Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock had on his foot today, which will keep him out at least Sunday. That's a huge loss for the Komets, and not just because he's been great with three goals in the series. It's no secret that the Komets' biggest priority heading into Sunday's Game 5 against the Rush is to get a good, energetic start. Schrock is the Komets' Mr. Energy.

Without him, I would expect Artem Podshendyalov to be the guy who needs to pick up that slack. Rookie Tom Mele, who will play his second professional game, needs to step up, too.

Who are some other players who need big games? Tad Lardner, Derek Patrosso and Leo Thomas, I would say, have to really up their games.

And if Tim Boron gets the start for the Rush in net, I've noticed he gives up a ton of rebounds. The Komets need to get guys in front of the net to clean up the garbage.

  • Click here to read Ben Smith's column off the Komets' 4-1 victory Friday, which tied the best-of-five Turner Conference semifinals at two games apiece.
  • The Rapid City Journal has this: Click here.
  • The video above is from InsideDakotaSports.com. Check out the part with the fans outside the Rush locker room. Whew, you all like to hit them in the fanny on the way out, eh?
  • Who is Colorado rooting for to win Sunday? According to Adam Dunivan, it's Rapid City. That's logical because of the geography and the rivalry, but, I would add, the way the Komets played the Eagles the last couple games of the regular season factors in as well.

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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