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Ice Chips

  • A possible new Komet
    No official word yet, but I'm hearing that the Komets may be completing a deal with Thomas Frazee, who had 24 goals and 47 points in 60 games last season with Quad City of the CHL.
  • Komets affiliate with Avs, Lake Erie
    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.

K's lead; fantastic intensity

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- It's been a fantastic opening to the first-round CHL playoff series between the Komets and the Bloomington PrairieThunder, at least if you like intensity.

Both teams have been skating hard and hitting a lot, and the Komets lead 1-0 on a power-play goal from Tab Lardner, who went high on goaltender Marco Emond, after Frankie DeAngelis' shot from the point ricocheted off the boards behind the net.

The Komets' restructured power-play units look great so far; they have generated seven shots on three power play. One unit doesn't have a defensemen, going instead with forwards Sean O'Connor, Mathieu Curadeau, Leo Thomas, Artem Podshendyalov and P.C. Drouin.

The PrairieThunder has taken some bad penalties -- hard-hitting Garrett Klotz is going to get it into trouble -- and I suppose that can be attributed to it being the team's first playoff game.

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