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Komets clinch playoff berth with exciting win

A 4-3 victory over the Evansville IceMen clinched a playoff berth for the Komets on April 11, 2014. Check out the highlights.

Review, look forward

On the cusp of their 4-3 victory over the Evansville IceMen, with which they clinched a playoff berth, here's a look at the playoff scenarios heading into today.

The Komets, who are tied for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with Wheeling, finish the regular-season tonight against Toledo. Wheeling, which holds the tiebreaker over Fort Wayne, plays tonight at Cincinnati. The seventh seed will play South Carolina, Kalamazoo or Orlando, while the eighth will take on Reading in a first-round best-of-seven playoff series.

I can about guarantee you, of that group, the Komets would like to play South Carolina.

There was a great feeling of relief in the Komets locker room tonight.

"It's a great feeling. Every guy has worked hard for this. It's a huge game, a great comeback win and character win for us," said Christian Ouellet, who scored twice, including the game-winner. "We played a great game and it's a great feeling. … We had great composure after the second period. We knew we had played a great game and knew we just had to get in the offensive zone and create more movement in front of the net. "

Check out the video above; there's some good stuff in there.

Click here to see photos from the game.

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