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Komets beat Rapid City again

Nick Boucher made 30 saves, leading the Komets to a 3-1 victory at Rapid City on Saturday.

Fort Wayne (11-5-0) beat Rapid City for the second consecutive day and extended its winning streak to six games.

Stephon Thorne scored on a short-handed goal at 4:05 of the second period to give the Komets a 1-0 lead. It was Thorne’s first goal of the season.

Bobby Chaumont scored at 2:15 of the third period to make it 2-0. It was Chaumont’s sixth goal of the season. Brett Smith assisted, his 14th point in the last 15 games.

Sean Wiles cut the Komets’ lead to 2-1 with a goal at 3:47. Brent Henley scored at 14:53 to give Fort Wayne some breathing room. Henley has two goals on the year. He also assisted on Thorne’s goal.

Danny Battochio finished with 31 saves for Rapid City (8-8-1). This was the final meeting of the regular season between the teams.

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