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Nobody at AAHL game

I'm at the All-American Hockey League game between the Evansville Icemen and the Battle Creek Revolution, and I'm one of the few at Memorial Coliseum.

About 4,300 tickets are out. But you have to remember, around 3,500 of those were tickets given to Komet season-ticket holders.

I've even heard those numbers are a little inflated.

As for how many people are actually in the building -- about 1,200.

How's the level of play? Well, it's akin to what I see at McMillen Arena on Sunday nights, though with more hitting. These guys try hard, but there's not much skill. They're slower than IHL players. They can't handle the good passes. But they do play physically around the net.

Battle Creek is up 3-0 8:57 into the first period.

Still, it's hockey, so it's enjoyable for me.

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