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What Evansville had to say

Here's what the Evansville Icemen have to say about the scheduling quirk that has them playing three of their "home games" at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

"It was basically done to help us out a little bit," said Terry Ficorelli, the team's vice president of communications and broadcasting. "The Frankes were kind enough to do that beause we have a small venue (Swonder Arena) this season. They were offering to help us along a little bit and make it a little bit better for us. There's nothing really complicated at all.

"Our franchise is going to absorb a lot of financial loss this year because we're operating at a small facility."

Asked if he felt there might be any backlash from the Evansville fans, since their team is giving up three games in town, Ficorelli said: "We still have 31 home games including the preseason game. We understand that and our fans have accepted it as well, and they have an understanding as to why this was done. Our franchise, and the Komets for that matter, are trying to take the first step in creating a strong arch-rivalry between the two Indiana-based cities. The rivalry has really been hatched here and our fans are looking forward to the rivalry with the Komets."

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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 jcohn@jg.net.

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