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Tied at 2

Well, it's clear this game is going to rest on the shoulders -- and in the glove -- of Dayton goaltender Larry Sterling.

He has stopped 32 of 34 shots shots for Dayton, and it's tied at 2.

Sterling had stopped 31 of 32 shots late in the period, when he seemed to start mouthing off to Brett Smith. In Sterling's defense, Komets had been mouthing off to him all night.

Seconds later, on a power play, Colin Chaulk scored for a 2-1 Fort Wayne lead. Unfortunately for the Komets, Dayton answered 33 seconds later on a Kyle Bochek goal.

Nick Boucher has stopped 20 shots for the Komets.

By the way, no matter how you cut it, you have to love not only the Fort Wayne rivalry with Sterling, but also that he gets into it, too.

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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