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Komets still lead after two

Well, that was ... magical.

Two periods down in Memorial Coliseum, and it's still 1-0 Komets. And that is primarily because of the Komets penalty kill and magician's work in the net from goalie Andrey Makarov.

The Komets snuffed four Florida power plays in the period, including 1:39 of two-man advantage when Rob Kwiet went off for delay of game at 9:57 and Kaleigh Schrock followed him into the box at 10:18.

Makarov did the rest.

Not only did he stop 16 shots in the period, a number of them were blatant robberies. The highlight was his glove save on a Matthew Pistilli breakaway, followed shortly thereafter by a backdoor stop on Kyle Bonis when the latter was planted on the far post and had a tie game on the blade of his stick.

"Makarov must have a teleporter!" gasped the Everblades radio announcer, when Makarov slammed the door.

He must have something.

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