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Ice Chips

  • Komets sign three players
    The Komets added goaltender Eric Levine, forward Nicola Levesque and defenseman Paul Arnott to their roster Tuesday, giving them 24 players so far for the upcoming season.
  • Komets sign defenseman James Martin
    The Komets have signed defenseman James Martin, who spent last season with the Alaska Aces and won the ECHL championship.
  • Komets sign forward Pistilli
    The Komets have signed forward Matthew Pistilli and reached an agreement with Konstantin Shafranov to be an assistant coach for a second straight season.

Good vibe tonight

There's a good, palpable vibe at Memorial Coliseum tonight as the Komets ready to take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks, who have a four-point edge on Fort Wayne for first place in the IHL.

The key for the Komets tonight, undoubtedly, is containing the IHL's top two scorers, Todd Robinson (94 points) and Robin Bouchard (52 goals, 90 points). Bouchard is four points away from becoming the all-time minor-league goal scorer, eclipsing Don Parsons' mark of 682.

Bouchard, of course, is a former Fort Wayne player.

Amazing to think, after this, there is only one more game at the Coliseum versus the Lumberjacks, who will drop to the junior hockey ranks after this season. That game will be April 7. I have a feeling, though, these clubs will meet in the finals, as they did last season.

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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