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K's release 7 after 3-1 victory

The Komets finished their exhibition season 1-1-0, after a 3-1 victory over the Dayton Gems, in front of 4,411 fans at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

Then, the Komets began whittling down their roster.

Coach Al Sims confirmed that the Komets cut forwards Jordy Trottier, Eric Yngwe, Todd McIlrath, Adam Krug, Shane Heffernan and Frederic Korduner, plus defenseman Olivier Hotte.

"I think our top six forwards were pretty much in stone, and there were about eight to 10 guys battling for four or five jobs on the third line and the extra forward. It's been very competitive. In camp, everybody was really close and there wasn't much separation. ... For the most part, we're happy with what we've got."

Sims said the Komets need to cut two more players by Thursday, and they are still evaluating players who have come available throughout the hockey world.

I don't think there were any real surprises among the cuts. Maybe Krug.

Assuming the Komets don't bring anyone else in, I think this means Brandon Warner made it because there are only seven defensemen left on the roster.

And that would mean two forwards need to go. I'm guessing the battle is between Stephon Thorne, P.C. Drouin, Chris Auger and Danny Lapointe.

The Komets' goals Sunday were scored by Jamie Milam, Bobby Chaumont and Drouin, whose came on a power play.

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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