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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Some of the Komets were, as you would expect, glum after the Komets lost 5-2 to the Missouri Mavericks, who now lead the best-of-seven Turner Conference finals 3-2.

Center Brett Smith wasn't one of them.

“We obviously got caught flat-footed in the first period … but you know what? I’m in a great mood,” Smith said. “We just lost a hockey game but we came here to do one job and that was to bring (the series) back to Fort Wayne. And this was a successful trip. We took the 2 of 3 we needed to.

“If we were would have been down 3-1 and would have won the game tonight, we’d be high and kites right now going home down 3-2. Well, we’re going home down 3-2. We’ve got a good hockey team. We just didn’t play that well tonight.”

I had a feeling this was going to happen. The Komets didn't seem like they were focused coming into the game. I'm actually surprised it was as close as it was.

“I thought the day off was good for us,” Missouri coach Scott Hillman said. “It’s no different than Fort Wayne losing two and then coming and playing really good hockey to beat us. I really believe these two teams are so well matched. … It’s a great series and part of it is that neither team had played each other for a few months going into this. There was a feeling-out process and I like the direction our team is heading.”

Defenseman Bryant Molle is questionable to play in Game 6 on Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum, general manager David Franke said. Molle injured his knee in Game 4 and was replaced tonight by David Starenky, who brought a little more physicality to the lineup.

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