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K's dominating ... so far

The Komets lead the Dayton Gems 2-0 late in the first period of the first exhibition game for both teams.

So far, there's nothing to suggest the Komets won't be impressive.

Forward Brandon Naurato had a great shot block. Craig Cescon, a defenseman, saved a goal by stopping a puck trickling toward that net that got past goaltender Nick Boucher.

Derek Patrosso has shown some nifty moves. The same kind he did against the Komets so many times last season.

The Komets got their first goal from Sean O'Connor, who one-timed the puck after Leo Thomas blazed down the right wing and set him up with a sterling crossing pass.

Less than a minute later, rookie Tyler Fletcher netted a goal from the left circle.

There has been one fight, between Olivier Legault and Devin Guy. It was a draw.

I'll be back later with more. By the way, this is Fort Wayne-native Brian Gratz's debut behind the bench for Dayton.

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