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Miami wins, rips ice conditions

In the aftermath of their 2-1 victory in the opening game of the Midwest Hockey Regional, Miami (Ohio) ripped the condition of the ice at Memorial Coliseum.

"The ice? It wasn't the best ice," said Curtis McKenzie, who had a goal and an assist for Miami, which scored on 2 of 9 power plays. "It was probably some of the worst (we've seen). You've just got to be careful in your own zone with the puck, stay on the puck, because it was all over the place. But both teams have to go through it. ... You just have to play through it and it's something we can't control."

Coach Enrico Blasi was even more critical.

"Toward the end of the game, you could see the ice wasn't very good," he said. "We're going to have to adjust to that and make sure we're making good decisions. We may have to change a little bit of how we're going to approach the game (Sunday against Michigan or Bemidji State). There were a lot of bad bounces, a lot of plays that were there that we couldn't make because of worry of the ice."

Coliseum general manager Randy Brown was in the back of the press conference when these things were said, and I saw him huddling with those who Zamboni the ice a while later. But there's not a whole lot that can be done at this point.

In the Coliseum's defense, they had to completely rework the ice this week because they had to get all of the Komets' advertising off of it, and it had only been skated on for only two days prior to today's games.

Coliseum officials haven't yet decided if they will give me an attendance number. I estimate there were 2,800 fans for the first game.

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