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Amazing statistic

In the Eastern Conference, home-ice advantage hasn’t meant much as the home team has lost 15 of 26 games.

Only the Komets and Western Conference’s Bakersfield are undefeated on home ice in the playoffs.

The Komets took three straight games against Reading at Memorial Coliseum in the first round.

Game 3 of this series against Cincinnati is Thursday night at the Coliseum.

“We have confidence, but at the same time it’s a different team, and they play systems differently, and we have to play the way we can. If we play the way we can and do the right things, I think we have confidence,” said forward Aaron Clarke, whose Komets lost 5-2 to the Cyclones on Saturday, evening the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

In the other Eastern Conference series, Greenville leads Wheeling 2-1 and the home team has lost every game. Former Komets defenseman Mike Ratchuk scored the overtime winner Tuesday, as Wheeling won 3-2.

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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