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Komets add three more

Now it's youth's turn to be served.

Having taken care of the veteran presence last week -- Nick Boucher, Sean O'Connor, Mathieu Curadeau and Lincoln Kaleigh Shrock all either re-upped or renewed his acquaintance with the black-and-orange -- the Fort Wayne Komets announced the signing of three rookies Wednesday, bringing its preseason roster to 18.

The newcomers include a pair of defensemen, David Cianfrini and Brad Pawlowski, and forward Tyler Fletcher.

Cianfrini, 25, comes to the Komets from Canisius College, where he played four years for former Komet Dave Smith. A four-time Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team member, the Dundas, Ontario, native played more games than anyone in school history (143), and ranks second among all defensemen with 45 career points and 14 career goals.

Pawlowski, at 21 the youngest member of the roster to date, played 47 games in 2008-09 with Thunder Bay of the Superior International Junior Hockey League and led the team with 42 assists. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Pawlowski played last season in Victoria of the British Columbia Hockey League, where he scored 10 goals and 40 points.

Fletcher, 25, comes to the Komets from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he scored 16 goals and 30 points in 56 games the last two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward also skated one game with Laredo in the Central Hockey League last year.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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