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Florida closes in on K's

The Florida Everblades pulled within two points of the Komets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the ECHL's Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over the Reading Royals in an overtime shootout Wednesday night.

The Komets (34-24-12, 80 points) have two games remaining in the regular season, beginning Friday at Memorial Coliseum against Evansville. Florida (35-27-8, 78 points), which plays host to Reading on Friday, also has two games left.

The Komets would clinch a playoff spot for the 11th time in 12 years with a victory Friday, or if the Everblades lose in regulation time. The Komets hold the tiebreaker over Florida, which is non-shootout victories, 32-29.

Earlier Friday, the ECHL's All-Rookie Team was announced as Bakersfield goalie Laurent Brossoit, Reading defenseman Michal Cajkovsky, Alaska defenseman Brad Richard, Kalamazoo forward Matt Caria, Stockton forward Jeremy Langlois and Idaho forward William Rapuzzi, after voting among coaches, broadcasters, reporters and media-relations directors.

Fort Wayne's Scott Fleming was a candidate with 15 goals, 47 points and a plus-12 rating in 60 games.

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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