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Greetings from Independence, Mo.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Greetings from Independence, where the Komets will take on the Missouri Mavericks in Game 3 of the Turner Conference finals Wednesday night, in the first of what could be three straight games at the Independence Events Center.

Three straight if the Komets can win one of the first two, since they trail the best-of-seven series 2-0.

The best thing I've seen today was a billboard outside of Kansas City advising visitors that you should never wear white while eating barbeque. I thought that was funny.

Driving through Kansas City, I couldn't help but notice, it felt a lot like Indianapolis for some reason. And by the way, the airport here is awesome.

Apparently, though, I got the last rental car in all of Missouri. When I asked why that was, I was told, "NASCAR. They do it to us every time."

  • An interesting fact from the CHL: The Mavericks are the first team in league history to win the first two games of a conference final on the road. And in the 18 finals where a team had a 2-0 lead, that team has won 17 times.
  • It seems to me the Mavericks are being very careful with their words about the series: Click here.
  • For those still on the conspiracy theory train, have you considered that there was talk not long ago that the Mavericks could also be headed to the ECHL at some point in the future? I've heard nothing recently that says that will happen this year -- all the talk is still that Fort Wayne and Evansville are the teams -- but it's something to think about if a bunch of teams drop out of the CHL in the near future.
  • That being said, I'm sure the CHL wouldn't mind a finals between the Mavericks and this team: Click here.
  • For you CHL/NHL fans, who on earth did Shea Weber only get a fine for slammer Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass -- with the game over -- and then he levies this? Click here. I'm sure there's a conspiracy theory you can come up with for that one. (Ahem, Shanahan is a Red Wings legend who maybe didn't want to be viewed as biased? Or, Gary Bettman needs a Southern team to win. I dunno.) I guess this goes to show you, no disciplinarian is perfect, in any league, much as we would like them to be.

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