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  • A possible new Komet
    No official word yet, but I'm hearing that the Komets may be completing a deal with Thomas Frazee, who had 24 goals and 47 points in 60 games last season with Quad City of the CHL.
  • Komets affiliate with Avs, Lake Erie
    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.
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Talking Game 3 and MVPs

We've got lots to share in review of the Komets' 7-3 victory over the Wichita Thunder in Game 3 of the Presidents' Cup finals.

Click here to read my game story.

Ben Smith's column: Click here.

Missed the game? Watch this video recap.

Samuel Hoffman's great photos: Click here.

Wichita's Justin Sawyer said, "We're not playing like men," in this story: Click here.

The author of that story, Jeffrey Lutz, started an amusing little Twitter war with fans with this tweet.

I'm hoping Indiana's NewsCenter will be putting up the special "Sound Off" from before the game, which had me among the guests, along with Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock's mom and Nick Boucher's dad. If so, it will be here. They will be having "Sound Off" before Game 4 on Saturday, too.

Not to put the cart too much before the horse here, but it's worth discussing who the Komets' playoff MVP has been. There are some obvious choices: Mike Vaskivuo, Chris Auger, Colin Chaulk and Boucher.

For me, out of that group, it would be Chaulk. Think about what he did on and off the ice for the team, when it was down 2-0 to Missouri and going on the road. And his performance in Game 6 of the conference finals was, as I've said, epic.

But, were I forced to vote right now, I think I would actually go with Jean-Michel Rizk. He may only be fourth in points (13), third in goals (6) and plus-2, but the Komets would not be playing without him. Here's why: In four games during the last two rounds, the opposition scored the first goal and he tied it at 1. That's one of the most amazing stats I can remember.

So, ranking them, as it stands now, I would go Rizk, Chaulk, Vaskivuo, Boucher, Auger.

What do you think?

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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