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Searching for positives

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- I neglected to post Ben Smith's column on the Komets searching for positives, as the prepare for Game 6 of the Turner Conference semifinals Tuesday night here.

Click here to read it. (By the way, Ben has been tweeting on the Komets: @jgbensmith.)

And you can read my game story here.

By the way, Mike Vaskivuo has three goals and six points in the series, against the Rush team that cut him in March.

Only linemate Chris Auger had more points for the Komets – seven.

The Rush has been trying everything it can to slow down Vaskivuo, but it hasn't been working. He had the only Fort Wayne goal in a 4-1 loss Sunday in Game 5, which gave the Rush a 3-1 lead.

"They're trying to run Vask every chance they get," Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said. "It doesn't seem to affect him at all. He hasn't backed off. He takes the hits, keeps on playing and he dishes out the hits, too.

Vaskivuo, who has five goals and 15 points in 11 games with Fort Wayne, replaced Artem Podsendyalov, who had 18 goals and 43 points in 58 games before quitting to return to Russia.

"Vaskivuo has been a great find for us," Sims said. "After losing Arty, we haven't missed a beat with Vask and if anything, I think our team has improved and that line (of Vaskivuo, Auger and Colin Chaulk) has improved with Vaskivu on it"

  • Is this the quote of the season from Brent Henley, when he was asked about why he was suspended for Game 5 and answered: "Because my name is Brent Henley and I play for the Fort Wayne Komets?"
  • I am the only Komets beat writer who made the trip out here, and as always you can converse with me during the game here on the blog (in the comments section) or on twitter: @jgkomets.
  • There are some interesting nuggets in here. Including the line that it cost Rio Grande Valley money to send a tape into the league. Wait, so, they charge you to look at the tape?

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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