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Ice Chips

  • Bootland not coming to K's
    You may have heard that Darryl Bootland has defected from the CHL's Allen Americans to join a team in the ECHL. It's not the Komets, according to general manager David Franke.
  • Szydlowski would like bigger role with K's
    Shawn Szydlowski, who re-signed with the Komets today, said he hopes to have a top-line type of role this season.
  • AHL could be coming to town
    There is a possibility the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters and Grand Rapids Griffins will play an exhibition game at Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 4.

Does speed dominate?

There's no doubting the Rapid City Rush is the more physical team in the Turner Conference semifinals, a best-of-seven series tied at 1.

But the Komets are the faster team and they believe that's more important.

Click here to read today's story on that.

  • I never did believe in the Evansville IceMen, and they got swept by the Missouri Mavericks. Click here to read about that. Should the Komets emerge from their series victorious -- it will go at least through Sunday -- it would set up something interesting. Komets backup goalie Gerry Festa was acquired from Missouri this season for defenseman Tristin Llewellyn, who has a goal, three points and a plus-3 rating in the playoffs. Look at how much better he's done with the Mavericks: Click here.
  • As for Evansville, anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows I'm not a big believer in Todd Robinson. I'm not the only one. What do you think? Not that I think it will ever happen, but would you want him in Fort Wayne? He's a perfect case of numbers being deceiving.
  • And what do you think of Missouri getting at least a week off before the next series? The Mavericks get to rest and scout the Fort Wayne vs. Rapid City series, which could have a lot of travel and lot of bumps and bruises. But it can be a slight disadvantage for a team to sit so long and lose its rhythm.

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