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  • Pretty great highlights
      Check out the video highlights above from the Komets 2-1 victory over the Indy Fuel in an overtime shootout at Memorial Coliseum.
  • K's douse Fuel with shootout win
    Komets forward Eric Faille left the game for a spell in the third period, after he took a stick to the face that required stitches.But he returned and it was a good thing for the Komets; he had one of their two goals in an overtime shootout,
  • Meurs does it again
    Right wing Garrett Meurs has made another great play and it has the Komets up 1-0 on the Indy Fuel after two periods at Memorial Coliseum.
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Updating Komets roster

I was asked to summarize the Komets move so far this season.

Here's a look at the roster ...

Colin Chaulk, center: The 35-year-old captain has led the Komets to five championships since 2003. He is 6 feet, 199 pounds, and is great offensively and defensively, even at his advanced age. He will be a player/assistant coach.

Brett Smith, center: At 31, he is a terrific leader, a prolific scorer and a pest. At 5-8, 180 pounds, he captained Bossier-Shreveport to the CHL title in 2011 and helped the Komets to the CHL title last season. He is recovering from a neck injury.

Brandon Marino, right wing: The 26-year-old Marino, who is 5-9, 185 pounds, was the CHL's MVP and leading goal scorer least season. Lots of speed, tenacity and great on special teams.

Eric Giosa, center: It's hard to fathom that Giosa, 5-11, 182 pounds, is the third-line center. He helped Marino to a lot of his points. Giosa is 27.

Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, right wing: The alternate captain, eternal agitator, great defender and competent scorer is 27, 5-11, 180 pounds, and his speed will be great in ECHL.

Kyle Atkins, defenseman: The 23-year-old rookie is 6-3, 204 pounds, and adds some size to the blue line.

Daniel Maggio, defenseman: Should be a top-tier player, after showing his skills as a rookie in the playoffs with Fort Wayne. Maggio, 21, is 6-3, 204 pounds, and we can look for him to add more toughness to his scoring prowess.

Tyler Butler, defenseman: He is 33, a former captain in Arizona and Tulsa, and tough as nails. He is 6-3, 205 pounds, and likes to shoot a lot. Will add a lot of character.

Note, the Komets have used three of their four veteran spots on Chaulk, Smith and Butler, and have one more left. Goalies are exempt from veteran spots.

Clearly, the Komets still need goalies -- Hello? Kenny Reiter? -- and some size up front. They also have yet to sign any players with significant ECHL experience.

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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