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Lots for you to read, watch

And let's delve into the controversial penalty shot

On Monday night, we get to do it all again.

The Komets' 4-3 loss to the Wichita Thunder on Saturday means that Fort Wayne's fans will have Game 5 to try and see their team hoist the Presidents' Cup on home ice.

If the Komets don't get it done Monday, then it's back to Wichita, Kan.

Click here to read the game story.

Ben Smith had this column off the game: Click here.

Smith also had this column on the fans' delight at the prospect of moving to the ECHL.

To see the video recap of Game 4, click here. I know it's a loss, but it's worth your time to see the posts hit, the interviews and the Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock vs. Justin Sawyer bout.

In regards to the penalty shot awarded just 19 seconds into the game, while I applaud the guts of referee Marc-Andre Lavoie, I don't think he got the call correct. According to rule 63.5: "No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck, pick up the puck, or gather the puck into the body or hands when the puck is within the goal crease." If you look at my video recap, at about the 25-second mark, it looks pretty clear that R.G. Flath sweeps the puck away with his glove. Should be perfectly legal. Had Wichita lost the game, it would have had a big, legitimate gripe.

Click here to read the running story (without quotes) off the game from the Wichita Eagle.

By the way, just so you know, none of the Komets players are under contract for next season. Neither is coach Al Sims, who does have a contract offer that general manager David Franke said Saturday he's confident Sims will accept.

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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