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    Want to see the fights, and some of the other action from the Komets' 4-1 victory at Kalamazoo, Michigan, today? Click here to see them.
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    Right wing Garrett Meurs scored in a second straight game, and the Komets defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 4-1 today at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Some must-read stuff
    Komets coach Gary Graham arranges competitions within practices to determine the best breakaway players on his team. And while it's not as risqué as it sounds, one of the games is “strip shootout.”

Be thankful for well-run team, arena

What should local hockey fans be thankful for today?

How about not having to deal with situations like this: On Wednesday, the Flint Generals' game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks was postponed because of poor ice conditions at Perani Arena.

I've heard there were about 2,000 fans there and The Flint Journal has placed the blame on the arena, not the Generals. Click here to read about that.

Certainly, things like this do happen. And Fort Wayne isn't always the model for great behavior, as evidenced by the fans pelting Muskegon players with debris last week.

But there are always these recurring problems, on and off the ice, with the Generals and Perani Arena. I'm amazed that any fans have stuck with the organization this long. I feel badly for them, and for the players and coaches who go there with the best of intentions.

But there have been some positives with the Generals, such as the play of former Komets defenseman Jake Pence. Click here to read my story on him.

The Generals are now the worst team in the IHL with a 3-11-2 mark heading into today's game at Memorial Coliseum against the Komets (9-4-0).

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