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The Komets raised their IHL championship banner Saturday, before losing 4-0 to the Rapid City Rush at Memorial Coliseum.

A little more review

I cannot believe this is the fourth time I've come to a Komets game to see a new league. I first got on the beat in 1997, when they were in the old IHL.

Then I saw the United Hockey League, the new IHL and now the Central Hockey League.

I must say, I didn't see much of a difference tonight. It was a touch faster, but only a touch. And if Rapid City is the best team in the league -- it is the defending champion -- I'm not expecting the CHL product to be that much different.

But it's only one night, so let's take it as that.

I talked to a lot of players. Some agreed with me, that it was about the same. Some said it was much faster.

I guess we'll just need time to figure it out, eh?

  • Really, only two players stood out for me on the Komets' side: Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Nick Boucher. Other than that, the guys have to step it up. Remember, Columbus of the NHL will probably be assigning a player or two here, so jobs aren't safe. Not that they would have been after a 4-0 loss.
  • I learned this tonight: The CHL prohibits off-ice officials from blogging about teams, or going public with comments on blogs. Kudos to the CHL. I have been meaning to write about this for a while, and I am not calling out anyone in particular, because I see this happen in cities all over. I just think, if you're an off-ice official, you must appear impartial, and commenting about all types of things on blogs muddies that water. We all know that off-ice officials are giving up their time, and are fans of hockey at heart, but it was asking for trouble. I'm sure a clever off-ice official could still blog under a pseudonym, if he/she really wanted. Just saying.
  • Remember my twitter account www.twitter.com/jgkomets or @jgkomets. I do updates during the games and during the week, and it's a good way to keep abreast of what's going on.
  • Thoughts on the appeal of the Brad MacMillan suspension? Again, I haven't seen video with my own eyes, so I'm reserving judgment a little bit. But it sounds as if the Eagles should just take their lumps. Don't think for a second that MacMillan's past transgressions aren't factoring into this, too. They know he's been suspended a bunch before. Right or wrong, it's being considered.

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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