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K's Game 5 plan: Come out hard

With a chance to put away the defending-champion Reading Royals tonight at Memorial Coliseum -- remember, the game starts at 6 p.m. -- the Komets want to set the tone early.

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By the way, the winner of this series will take on the winner of the series between Cincinnati and Orlando. Cincinnati, which had a 3-0 lead, is now up 3-2 with Game 6 at Orlando on Tuesday.

Even though they had success against Cincinnati this season, I think Orlando would be a more favorable matchup for the Komets, for many of the same reasons I thought Reading would be -- Orlando likes to play an up-tempo, end-to-end style and has suspect goaltending.

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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