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Ice Chips

  • Scoreless but K's look solid
    The Komets and Indy Fuel are scoreless at Memorial Coliseum after one period, in front of a crowd of 6,798. However, the Komets had plenty of chances to score, namely:
  • K's pregame primer
    he Komets are 33-16-4 all-time on Thanksgiving. Fort Wayne is 3-0-0 against Indianapolis, which is winless in seven road games this season.
  • K's fall to 5 in power rankings, get new player
    The Komets have signed Brett Beebe, who was in training camp with them and has been playing with Pensacola of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Don't hype it too much; it's still early

With 29 games remaining in the regular season, it seems a little early to be hyping this game a whole lot. The Komets could still win the regular-season trophy or fall out of the race.

Still, Friday's game is big.

The Komets trail second-place Port Huron by two points and the teams will meet at Memorial Coliseum.

"I expect our team to be ready to play come Friday," said coach Al Sims, a little disgruntled with the effort in a 4-3 shootout loss to Bloomington on Wednesday. "With (29) games to go, there are still (58) points up for grabs and it's a long haul. Anything can happen."

The Komets are 6-2-1 in their last nine games. The Icehawks have lost 7 of 9.

"Friday's going to be a huge test for us," Fort Wayne center Leo Thomas said.

  • Click here for an interesting column out of The Flint Journal, saying that the last-place General still have a shot at the playoffs. I am enjoying the parity in the IHL this season; every night it seems you're going to get a competitive game. That wasn't the case last season.
  • The Icehawks have made some changes to the lineup today: Click here.
  • To the right is the latest edition of Gary Snyder's "Sports Night" show. The Komets' Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock comes on at about the 17:00 mark. I'm on at about the 26:00 mark.

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