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Komets fans say they’re stoked for the team to go to the championship

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Fort Wayne Komets are going to the Kelly Cup and this is a pretty big deal for the team and their fans. 

"They deserve it finally; it’s been a long haul and many years since we’ve been able to celebrate,” Sue Hanson said. “It’ll be just like that night when they went to three overtimes, nobodies leaving, nobodies sitting.” 

Hanson and Bill Oberg say they have been Komets fan for more than 10 years, and they go to every game. In fact, they were at the winning game Tuesday night. 

"I was probably jumping up and down like a little kid,” Hanson said. 

Nick Graham was there as well. He’s a part of the ‘Hockey in the Fort’ podcast and he works with a lot of the Komets players as a recruiter. 

"The atmosphere was the best it’s been all year,” he said. "With covid and everything going on, they’ve poured their emotions into this.” 

He says it’s been a difficult season, and he knows this means a lot. 

“It’s hard to explain as a hockey player at how hard this season has been and how much this means to them,” he said. "You don’t want to miss it, this is a special season, special team.” 

The fans say they won’t make it to the game is South Carolina, but they will be in the stands at the game next Wednesday in Fort Wayne. 

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