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Ice Chips

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    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
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    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.
  • Major signings for Komets
    The Komets bolstered their roster with a potential No. 1 goaltender, a former first-round NHL draft pick, a familiar face and player who should be popular with the fans.

K's getting dominated

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- For the first straight game, the Missouri Mavericks scored first.

For the third straight game, Jean-Michel Rizk quickly answered for the Komets.

But this time, the Mavericks look different. They lead the Komets 3-1 after one period at the Independence Events Center.

With the exception of two fantastic saves, Fort Wayne goalie Nick Boucher doesn't look quite right to me. He's faced 16 shots. One goal came from John-Scott Dickson after Boucher's clear around the boards was intercepted. Dale Mahovsky scored, after he got behind the defense and took a pass from Sebastien Thinel, while the Mavericks were short-handed. And the third goal, from Brandon Smith, came after the puck caromed off the boards behind the net and he tucked it inside the right post.

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