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Ice Chips

  • Priming Game 3
    The Reading Royals are the defending champions of the ECHL, and it would be naïve of the Komets to think it would be easy to unseat them.
  • Clarke is K's Mr. Steady
    The Komets rely on their veterans to temper the enthusiasm of the highs and get through the frustration of the lows. And no one in the locker room is more even keel than Aaron Clarke, a 31-year-old forward.
  • Royals bolstered
    The Reading Royals' lineup was bolstered today, as Dustin Gazley was sent down by Hershey of the American Hockey League. He had eight goals and 15 points in 42 games with Hershey.
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Taking in the Tigers' victory over the Royals.

K's must score early to break trend

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- For the Komets to climb out of the 2-0 hole they have in the best-of-seven Turner Conference semifinals, they must score early and often.

Click here to read today's story on that issue, and note how rare it has been for a team to come back from a 2-0 deficit in CHL history.

  • Indiana's NewsCenter had some pretty entertaining stuff with ex-Komets defenseman Kevin Bertram on Monday night: Click here.
  • I had a pretty neat experience Tuesday night. As most of you know, I'm from the Detroit area. The Tigers were in Kansas City, playing the Royals, so I took in a game at Kauffman Stadium. What a beautiful ballpark. Attendance was announced at only 13,851, which was quite generous.
  • Bill Althaus has a very good story on Missouri Mavericks player Dave Pszenyczny: Click here.
  • In the Berry Conference, Wichita is trying to go up three games on Texas: Read this.
  • Some tidbits about former Komets Mario Larocque and Mike Ratchuk in this ECHL playoff series: Click here.
  • I really am getting a kick out of all the NHL fans sounding like CHL fans with the griping about discipline. Click here. Seriously, five minutes on Facebook or Twitter and it's like reading the minor-league hockey message boards.
  • Nothing to do with hockey, but, wow, Dwayne Schintzius died? That's sad. Aside from that awesome hair, does anyone remember the movie, "Eddie?" He was Ivan. "Ivan make basket!"
  • OK, who's the key player for the Komets tonight? I'm going with Frankie DeAngelis. Have you ever noticed he comes up big when the Komets are down? I have a feeling we will see a lot of special teams, and that's his time to shine.

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