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Ice Chips

  • Postgame reaction, video from Komets 3-2 victory
      KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- I'm not going to say these have been the best three games I've seen the Komets play to start a season -- and I've covered 18 seasons -- but this has to be the most exciting season-opening set I've seen.
  • Komets beat Kalamazoo
    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – In what had become a heated game, Shawn Szydlowski capped a 3-2 overtime victory for the Komets on Friday by stealing the puck in the Kalamazoo Wings zone and then sending a wrist shot past the goal with 49 seconds remaining.
  • Penalty shot foiled, K's tied at 2
    KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Komets and Kalamazoo Wings are tied at 2 after two periods at Wings Stadium.

And it's tied

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The Komets and Missouri Mavericks are tied at 1 after the first period at the Independence Events Center.

An odd-man rush gave the Mavericks the early lead, with Ed McGrane scoring off a rebound. The Komets answered 1:07 left with Jean-Michel Rizk scoring from 15 feet out.

And I found out this interesting tidbit tonight. Remember in the last series, when this five-member appeals committee overturned the suspension for Rapid City's Les Reaney? Guess who was on it? A member of the Mavericks. So, they got to help determine if a key player would be able to help decide a series in which the winner would play Missouri. Makes perfect sense.

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