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Hate to say it ...

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- I hate to say it but referee Zak Blazic isn't doing a very good job tonight, and it could cost the Komets.

He has missed two blatant calls -- Stephon Thorne was elbowed and Jamie Lovell hit from behind -- and it's set up the Rapid City Rush for a 2-1 lead.

The Rush got a power-play goal -- it had a 5-on-3 advantage -- from Jesse Schultz in the second period. That goal came seconds after Lovell was blasted from behind, with no call.

Aside from that, it's been a good game. The hitting has intensified. But neither team is capitalizing on scoring chances. Tom Mele missed the net on a short-handed breakaway in that period.

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