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Ice Chips

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    After getting soundly defeated by the Toledo Walleye twice in the last week, the Komets have dropped in my ECHL Power Rankings. Idaho now tops the list.
  • A good cause
    The Fort Wayne Freeze, the police department team, will take on the Cincinnati Firefighter Hockey Club at Memorial Coliseum at 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • No defense, no win for Komets
      TOLEDO, Ohio – In what has been a largely excellent start to the season, the Toledo Walleye has proved problematic for the guys in orange and black.

A sleepy team

The Komets are a sleepy team (insert your best joke here). In the latest of many problems with their bus this season, the Komets blew out a tire on the way back from Bloomington, Ill., last night. To make a long story short, they wound up stranded for more than four hours before getting back to Fort Wayne about 9 a.m.

They are coming off a 4-1 loss to the PrairieThunder, and they take on the Dayton Gems tonight. It's a crucial game, as Fort Wayne and Dayton are tied for seventh place in the Turner Conference.

But remember, the Komets finish up with back-to-back games against conference-leading Colorado on Friday and Saturday.

By the way, the folks at Memorial Coliseum are warning fans to show up extra early this weekend because there are multiple events here. Trust me, you will want to heed that advice, or you will be stuck in traffic.

  • It looks as if defenseman Guy Dupuis, 40, is sitting out tonight's game. Amazingly, considering his age, he hasn't missed a game since 2007-08.

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