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Komets fall in Game 1

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Komets had a chance to steal Game 1. But their lead in the third period lasted only 2 minutes, 37 seconds, before things imploded.

The Rapid City Rush unleashed four unanswered goals at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to take the opening game of the best-of-seven Turner Conference semifinals 6-3.

The Komets won the conference in the regular season and are the higher-seeded team but have to play the first two games of the 2-3-1-1 formatted series here because Disney on Ice is at Memorial Coliseum.

The teams met in the best-of-five conference semifinals last year – that series went the distance – and the common thread has been Fort Wayne’s inability to beat the Rush here.

Game 2 is tonight.

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