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Ice Chips

  • CHL vs. ECHL lawsuit makes for interesting reading
    If you are interested in this sort of thing, here is a lawsuit that was filed against the ECHL by the CHL, in which it is alleged the ECHL tried to "poach" the Rapid City Rush and Allen Americans.
  • Ex-Komet becomes a coach
    Former Komets player Kevin Kaminski has been hired to coach the Portland Junior Pirates.
  • Mesiner signs with CHL team
    Goaltender Ben Meisner, who played last season for the Komets, has signed to play with Allen of the CHL this season.

Strategy and hilarity

FLINT, Mich. -- I'm really amazed at the talk I'm hearing from fans that Tim Haun should get a start today, just because Nick Boucher was in net for the 7-6 overtime loss in Game 3 of the Turner Cup Finals.

I don't pin a single one of those goals on Boucher. Not a single one.

I know there has been some discussion about Jamie Schaafsma's game-winning goal, but Boucher did alter the play in the first place by poking the puck away, and I don't hold him accountable for being defenseless when the Komets couldn't guard the puck behind the net.

Just this reporter's opinion.

I doubt coach Al Sims makes a goaltending change for tonight's Game 4. But Sims is anything but predictable.

  • Looking for a key to tonight's game? How about shutting down Flint's Bryan Smolinski. The play that he made to force overtime was one of the most patient plays you will see at this level. I know players in both locker rooms were impressed. I never hear anything bad about Smolinski, a guy who certainly doesn't need the money he's making at the IHL level and is truly playing for love of the game. Since he might be the most talented player in the series, if he gets hot, the Komets could be in trouble.
  • Funniest IHL conspiracy theory I've heard in a while was on this blog, where a reader insinuated that the Komets deliberately played a 13-goal game, the referee deliberately called a late power play, the Komets deliberately allowed the game to go to overtime, then deliberately lost, all because there were prospective new owners for Flint in the stands, so that this series can go seven games, too, thus making everyone more money. And people say we don't have a drug problem in this country?
  • I'm pretty sure I wouldn't win this award, were there an equivalent in the IHL. In fact, I can't believe any journalist would feel entirely comfortable about accepting an award in which some of the criteria is to further "the league's brand." Not that I know anything about Bill Althaus, and I'm sure he's a nice guy, but as someone who prides himself on being an objective journalist, I cringe a bit at this comment from Central Hockey League commissioner Duane Lewis: "We all appreciate the positive way in which (Althaus) portrayed the team and the league."

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