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K's, finally, get their win

Hey, whaddya know, Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock scored on a breakaway to cement the Komets' 5-2 victory over the Laredo Bucks.

"That puts me at about two percent on my breakaways this season," said Schrock, who has 11 goals but had been stoned on more breakaways than anyone on the team. "That one felt good. Finally! … I didn't do anything different. I just tried to catch him off guard. If I over-handle the puck, it's probably the wrong decision and I've been doing that on breakaways."

And hey, the Komets didn't cough up a lead on home ice.

"Between the second and third (periods), yeah, we were sitting there going, 'Another one-goal lead going into the third,'" coach Al Sims said. "We've had two-goal leads going into the third and see them disappear. This was important for the team's confidence and knowing they can do it again. I guess it's a 'we're back" type of thing, so it was good for the team."

And what about that save by Gerry Festa on Neil Trimm -- Schrock's college roomate -- early in the third period?

"That's the kind of goaltending we need," Sims said. "We need a big save like other teams are getting against us in here. It was important to finish the way we did – strong and dominant."

It's the 10th straight season in which the Komets have made it to the postseason. In their 60 seasons, they've missed the playoffs only eight times.

By the way, since Disney on Ice is at the Coliseum on March 29 through April 1, there's a strong possibility the Komets will play their first two playoff games on the road, even if they have home-ice advantage.

And, finally, the Komets have picked up defenseman Tyler Miller, who had one goal and five points in 37 games with Rapid City and Wichita.

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