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The Komets lead the Reading Royals 1-0 after one period, thanks to Dean Ouellet's goal at the end of a 2-on-1 rush.

What's going on? Gary Graham is out-coaching Larry Courville. I know that will be tough for some of you to stomach, but it's true.

There was a shoving match before the game, mostly between Jordon Southorn and Aaron Gens. Once the puck was dropped, the Royals have been gooning it up. That included a two-hander to the face by Ethan Cox on Christian Ouellet. (Peter Tarnaris, the referee, gave them both penalties.)

Why on earth would you take this tact against the Komets, who have a 3-1 lead in the series? If you're the Royals, you want to catch Fort Wayne being overconfident and lazy; you don't want to fire them up.

But that's what the Royals have done so far.

To say nothing of the lineup changes Courville made after Game 3.

Graham is doing a better job. We'll see if he keeps it up.

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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