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Smith, Boucher funny guys after ASG

Here's what Komets Brett Smith and Nick Boucher said after the CHL All-Stars' 6-4 victory over the Arizona Sundogs at Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Smith had a goal and Boucher stopped 36 of 39 shots in 1 1/2 periods on Wednesday night:

Was it fun?

"Yeah, it was a good time," Smith said. "It was a good group of guys. It was nice we got the win, but we were just having a good time."

What about scoring a goal?

"Yeah, it was nice," Smith said. "It was a nice set-up from (Brett) Lutes and the enemy, Todd Robinson from Evansville. He had a nice pass and I found a way to put it in the back of the net."

Were you surprised Arizona put up such a fight?

"It was a pretty non-chalant kind of game," Smith said. "It was back and forth. They had so many shots (75) because were were passing the puck back and forth so much. (Komets coach Al Sims) would have been having a heart attack on the bench were he here."

Nick, did you have fun, too?

"Absolutely," Boucher said. "It was a ball, getting to know everybody and everything else, the whole package of everything here, it was a good time. Meeting different people from different ogranizations, it was all fun."

You faced a lot of shots, right?

"Oh yeah, absoutely," Boucher said. "They scored on the first shot and I immediately thought, 'Oh, it will be one of these nights, eh?. The other two they got were backdoor passes. I was pleased with how things went. Smitty scored a nice goal and that was really nice to see."

Smith said Sims wouldn't have liked seeing this game, though, right?

"Oh, that's right," Boucher said. "Guys were passing up wide-open shots in the slot. But it's indicative of how the Sundogs were playing, opposed to us. We were trying to make tic-tac-toe plays and they were playing more typical Central Hockey League style."

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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