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To blame or not to blame?

That was one of those periods where the fans are wondering what's wrong with Komets goaltender Nick Boucher.

He gave up three goals on the first 10 shots and the Komets trail the Quad City Mallards 3-1 after one period.

Frankly, I don't think you can blame the goalie. Mickey Lang's goal came on a breakaway. Jared Brown scored after a turnover at the blue line. And Eric Giosa's goal came off his skate, after Lang made a crossing pass.

I just don't see those as the goalie's fault, except maybe the third one.

As for the Komets' goal, which was scored while short-handed, by Colin Chaulk, it came just as the net was dislodging. I thought the net was off, but it was awfully close and there was no way referee Peter Tarnaris could waive that off unless he was positive.

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