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Komets forward Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, left, battles Port Huron’s Matt Auffrey near the Icehawks’ net in the semis.

Hard-earned title

Komets didn’t cruise to crown

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Flint’s Ben Boudreau stays in front of the Komets’ Justin Chwedoruk during Game 5 of the IHL finals.
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The Komets rush off the bench to celebrate their third straight Turner Cup championship.
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Komets forward Justin Hodgman, left, battles Flint’s Craig Cescon during Game 4 of the Turner Cup Finals in Flint, Mich.
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Komets fans turned up by the hundreds for Game 4 in Flint to cheer on their team in the finals against the Generals.

The Komets captured a third straight Turner Cup championship, an unprecedented feat in the franchise’s 58-year history.

But it didn’t come easy.

In the semifinals against the rival Port Huron Icehawks, the Komets fell behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, and they even trailed by two goals early in Game 5 before rattling off seven victories over the final eight games.

That included a 4-0 Game 7 victory, in which Nick Boucher had a 33-save shutout.

The Komets’ playoff run culminated with a 3-2 victory and a five-game series victory over the Flint Generals, in front of 10,480 fans at Memorial Coliseum, for Fort Wayne’s eighth championship.

Left wing Matt Syroczynski was selected as Playoff MVP after scoring 11 goals and 16points in 12 playoff games. The Komets were keyed by their superb power play, which scored on 15 of 53 opportunities. Their defense allowed only 2.67 goals per game.

For the core group of six veterans who have led the Komets on this incredible run – Colin Chaulk, P.C. Drouin, Guy Dupuis, Kevin Bertram, David Hukalo and Nick Boucher – this could be the last go-round, as it’s unclear whether the IHL will be around next season.