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Top 10 days of 2011 for Komets

Here's a look at the top 10 days of 2011 for the Komets. Feel free to discuss the biggest days, in your opinion, in the comments section.

10) Sept. 28: Komets trade defenseman Craig Cescon for forward Jesse Bennefield, who had 35 goals and 75 points last season, completing one of the most dangeous offenses in the CHL.

9) Dec. 17: In the final minute of a 7-4 Komets victory over Evansville, there are a series of fights and one classic moment, with Fort Wayne's Jesse Bennefield slapping Nick Schneider, who had declined to fight.

8) Oct. 20: The Komets cut left wing P.C. Drouin, 37, who had 143 goals and 446 points over six seasons. The timing is surprising, after Drouin was given a chance to make the team following a summer of intense offseason conditioning.

7) April 6: Artem Podshendyalov's breakaway goal in the third period is the game-winner in a 6-3 playoff victory over Bloomington. After starting the season with 16 losses in 21 games, and being in last place until February, the Komets sweep the PrairieThunder in the first-round best-of-five series.

6) May 24: Defenseman Guy Dupuis retires at 41, after spending 14 of 21 seasons in professional hockey with the Komets. His 1,040 games are a Fort Wayne record.

5) July 13: As part of their rebuilding, the Komets sign center Brett Smith and defenseman Jamie Milam, who had led Bossier-Shreveport to the CHL title in 2011. Smith captained the Mudbugs and is one of the CHL's top scorers this season.

4) Feb. 7: At the end of a wild 5-4 Komets victory over Wichita -- Fort Wayne goalie Nick Boucher stopped a Matt Robinson penalty shot with 2.3 seconds remaining -- two fights break out. In the midst of it, Wichita goalie Marty Magers leaves the bench to try and fight Boucher, throwing a linesman in the process. Boucher makese an obscene gesture in his direction and later accuses Magers of shooting pucks at him during warm-ups. After things settle down, an eight-player brawl breaks out. Three Wichita players are suspended, including Magers for three games.

3) April 23: When Ryan Menei takes to the ice for Rapid City in Game 4 of the Turner Conference semifinals, a 5-2 Fort Wayne victory, Komets general manager David Franke accuses the Rush of falsifying medical documents. Fort Wayne's Sean O'Connor had been suspended three games for a hit on Menei in Game 2 that didn't result in an in-game penalty. Menei, who allegedly had a concussion, missed only one game and even got on an airplane to get to Game 4. And the CHL based some of its suspension on medical records. Meanwhile, Rapid City's Les Reaney, who got a major penalty for boarding O'Connor in Game 2, got a fine and no suspension.

2) Jan. 7: Colin Chaulk returns to Fort Wayne's lineup, after beginning the season in Italy. After their 9-16-3 last-place start, Komets go 22-11-5 with Chaulk and make the playoffs.

1) April 20: Down 2-0 in the best-of-five Turner Conference semifinals against Rapid City, the Komets score three goals in the final 9:08 of regulation time and win 5-4 in overtime, on a Mathieu Curadeau goal. Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, playing with a lacerated tendon in his foot that would require surgery and keep him from the next two games, scores twice.

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