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Top scorer contributes in other ways

Chaumont

– Komets right wing Bobby Chaumont has found other ways to be successful during the playoffs.

Chaumont, the Komets’ leading point scorer during the regular season, has only three goals in 12 playoff games, but he has made his presence felt with his checking. The Komets play host to Missouri in Game 7 of the Turner Conference finals tonight.

“When playoffs come around, obviously I want to have more goals and more points. But it’s playoff hockey. I’m going to do whatever it takes to get wins,” Chaumont said.

“I’m trying to be more physical; whatever I have to do. When things aren’t going your way offensively, you’ve got to do other stuff.”

Chaumont scored in the Komets’ 4-1 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night, giving him three goals and six points this postseason.

“It’s huge that he got on the board,” said Mike Vaskivuo, the Komets’ leading scorer in the playoffs with six goals and 13 points. “He’s got a lethal shot. He’s a great player. He led the team in scoring all year. It’s good to see other guys contribute, but he’s a guy we need to get going, so it was good to see that.”

Chaumont had 24 goals (22nd in the CHL) and 66 points (ninth) in the regular season.

He was minus-6 in the regular season, but he boosted his rating to plus-5 in the playoffs.

Because the line of Chaumont, Brett Smith and Leo Thomas has been effective, combining for eight goals, 17 points and a plus-16 rating, coach Al Sims hasn’t been concerned with Chaumont’s lack of scoring.

“I think our line has been a little snakebit. Things haven’t been going in the net for us,” Chaumont said. “But we’ve been working really hard.

“Even (Tuesday), we worked really hard in the first two periods but we were (unproductive). We were able to get that one in the third, and hopefully, we can keep it rolling.”

jcohn@jg.net

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