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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — I tell you, I'm really impressed with the grit of the Komets right now. Down 2-0 in the Turner Conference finals, and 1-0 in Game 3 on the road, it's pretty impressive they came right back and tied that game.

And imagine the pressure of that third period at the Independence Events Center, when it was tied at 1.

The Komets won 3-1. Click here to read the game story.

Click here to see the video recap, which I think it a very good one.

To read a story on the Komets' majority owner, Stephen Franke, click here.

I forgot to mention, the victory came on the day of coach Al Sims' 59th birthday. Apparently, Mike Emrick wished him a happy birthday during the Penguins-Flyers broadcast.

To see photos from the game, click here.

To read a story out of the Kansas City Star, click here. And there's this from the Independence Examiner: click here.

I absolutely love the arena here. If you are interested in seeing how the city is paying for it, click here.

Elsehwere, it looks like the Bloomington Blaze is down to its finalists, which include Steve Martinson. I wonder if Komets assistant Gary Graham is one of the unnamed people. He was a candidate with the Blaze last year.

And, in the mix of all the posts during the game, you may have missed a couple things: I was on Greg Rajan's podcast; and you may find this very interesting.

Since Fort Wayne captain Colin Chaulk wouldn't spill the beans on what about his gloves were illegal, which led to him getting a warning and having to change his gloves, let's refer to the rulebook: You can't have equipment that gives you a competitive advantage; you can't have gloves in which all or part of the palms have been removed; you can't have gloves deemed to be dangerous; and you must have equipment complying with the on-ice branding exposure program (in other words, what brand the CHL says you must use.)

Finally, the Komets weren't the only CHL team to show some grit Wednesday. Click here to see what happened in the Berry Conference finals.

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