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After defeating the Dayton Gems 6-3 on Friday night, in front of 7,557 fans at Memorial Coliseum, Komets captain Colin Chaulk said: "We needed that game. We can't keep relying on everyone else. We need to win games and, if we do, then we're in great position."

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Komets' lead in the Turner Conference remains one point over Evansville. Missouri and Rapid City are three points back of Fort Wayne, with Rapid City playing a late game at Arizona.

Chaulk scored twice. Mike Vaskivuo had a goal and three assists, giving him seven points in four games since the Komets picked him up off waivers from Rapid City. Brett Smith, Jean-Michel Rizk and T.J. Miller also scored for Fort Wayne.

It was the first of three straight games between Fort Wayne and Dayton, who meet Saturday night at Dayton's Hara Arena in what could be the 3-year-old Gems' final home game. They said at a press conference Thursday they need new investors to continue play, though it's unclear if the Gems would join the Komets on a possible move to the ECHL anyway.

Komets defenseman Brent Henley didn't play in the third period. It was unknown if he suffered an injury or just needed a rest, but Sims said he will play Saturday.

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