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    For the first time this season, the Komets aren't on top of the Eastern Conference standings. Losing three of five games will do that to a team.
  • Bad loss yields great highlights
      Even though the Komets lost 3-1 to the Greenville Road Warriors -- and lost their hold on first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time this season -- I think you will enjoy the highlights in the video here.
  • Komets lose to Greenville
    The Komets wanted their defense to improve, and it has. But the offense has disappeared.The Komets lost 3-1 Saturday to the Greenville Road Warriors, in front of 7,368 fans at Memorial Coliseum, and they’ve scored only four goals in
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Looking for 'A' grades, on and off ice

First of all, here's a reminder that the Komets play host to the Wichita Thunder on Friday and Saturday nights, and that Saturday's game is the annual Report Card Night.

Students with an "A" grade, or equivalent, get a free ticket to that game. Simply present your report card, or a note from a teacher or administrator, at the Memorial Coliseum box office to redeem your ticket. This is typically a sellout, so you would be wise to do this early.

  • Speaking of good grades, the Komets have been getting great reports on their road play. They have won seven in a row away from the Coliseum, the longest road streak in the Central Hockey League this season.
  • At home, though, the Komets are 1-3-3 in their last seven games. The key, goaltender Nick Boucher said, is for the Komets to start getting off to leads at home, and hanging on to them. Fort Wayne is 7-9-3 at the Coliseum this season. The Komets have led at the first intermission in only eight of those 19 games. Of those eight, the Komets have lost three of them. When trailing at the first intermission at home, the Komets are 0-5-0.
  • The Komets have met Wichita only one -- a 5-1 loss on the road -- and the Thunder is one of 11 teams the Komets have faced so far this season. A little different than the International Hockey League days of the same five or six opponents over and over again, eh?
  • Hey, remember how former Komets rival Port Huron wound up in the junior-level North American Hockey League this season? Port Huron is 4-33-2 this season. Yikes. The Fighting Falcons have been outscored 242-93. That's got to be great hockey to watch. And an average of 676 fans are watching, compared to the 1,627 who took in the IHL games last season.
  • As for Muskegon, which is in the United States Hockey League, the Lumberjacks are 16-14-7 and averaging 2,155 fans per game. (Last season, they averaged 2,932.)
  • The Michigan Warriors of the NAHL -- they play at Perani Arena in Flint -- are 22-12-4 and averaging 864 fans, compared to the Generals' average of 1,868 last season. Click here for more.
  • If you even care about what's going on with Lapeer (near Flint), here's a recent story.

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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