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IceMen spoil Beech trip

It was the debut of the new Ford Center in Evansville on Saturday night.

That worked out OK for the IceMen, who got 8,722 fans, the fourth largest crowd in the CHL this season.

It was also the Komets debut for goaltender Kevin Beech.

That didn't go as well.

After a 15-minute pregame delay to repair shoddy ice, Beech gave up three goals on 17 shots, and he got precious little help from the Fort Wayne offense, in a 3-1 loss to victory by the IceMen (3-0-1).

Josh Beaulieu scored twice for the IceMen, and former Komets forward Sean O'Conner also scored scored for Evansville.

Two of those goals came on five IceMen power plays.

The Komets (2-2-0) put 22 shots on goalie Pier-Olivier Pelletier. Brett Smith scored Fort Wayne's only goal at 2:44 of the second period to tie the game at 1.

There were four fights in the game, including one in the waning seconds between Fort Wayne captain Colin Chaulk and Matt Gens, who initiated the scrap with a cross-check to Chaulk's chin.

The Komets have their third game in as many days when they play host to Quad City at 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.

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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