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K's winning; Gems shuffle goalies

Brett Smith, who is on a 13-game point-scoring streak, continued his surge in the second period at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

He had a short-handed goal and the Komets lead the Gems 4-1.

The Gems began the game with Bryan Hogan in net, but they yanked him after he allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first period. Enter Larry Sterling, who stopped nine shots before getting injured on the Smith goal. Back in came Hogan.

Also scoring for Fort Wayne have been Bobby Chaumont, Jean-Michel Rizk and Leo Thomas.

Dayton's goal came from Brandon Naurato, who has seven goals and 11 points in 12 games against the Komets, since they released him last season. However, Fort Wayne was 9-1-1 against Naurato heading into tonight.

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