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Unlikely hero in K's victory

Raise your hand if you thought defenseman Brent Henley would come out of this game with the game-winning goal and an assist.

That's exactly what he had in the Komets' 3-1 victory over the Bloomington Blaze.

Henley hadn't scored in about five years before Thursday night.

"I honestly didn't care about the drought because I didn't expect to score," said Henley, who missed the last four games and all of last season with knee injuries. "I care about not getting scored on, and I care about turnovers. Like the penalty kill, I care about that. If that's the last goal of my career or if I score (Friday night at Quad City), I honestly don't care."

It was a night in which the Blaze, which is on a 11-game winless streak, looked a lot better than I would have expected. The Blaze put 37 shots on goaltender Nick Boucher, whose scoreless streak was snapped in the third period by Luke Popko. It had reached 113 minutes, 37 seconds.

I expect Alex Kangas to get his first professional start for the Komets on Friday at Quad City.

Brett Smith had an empty-net goal for the Komets, assisted on by Henley, which extended Smith's point-scoring streak to a league-best 11 games. Is he an early front runner for MVP or what?

But the second-best player on the ice was Chris Auger, who had a goal after getting foiled five times in the first period. The best player was Bloomington goaltender Marco Emond, who stopped 44 of 46 shots but couldn't keep the Komets from winning for the fourth time in five games.

On Thanksgiving at home, the Komets are now 32-14-4 and have won four in a row.

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