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About the next game

After his team lost 6-3 to the Evansville IceMen tonight, Komets coach Al Sims said the second and final exhibition game -- Sunday at Memorial Coliseum -- will feature a Komets lineup with more of their experienced players.

It is their last chance to get ready for the regular season, which begins Friday, with some real game action.

In net, Sims plans to use Gerry Festa and Fort Wayne's Larkin Saalfrank.

Asked if anyone tonight really stood out to him, Sims said it wasn't something he really could answer. I don't blame him; the Komets didn't look all that good.

But they were playing a bunch of youngsters against an older IceMen lineup.

The players I like and think have a chance of making the team, not including Jean-Philipp Chabot who seems to have a guaranteed spot, include: forwards Cory Schneider, Patrick Knowlton and Robbie Smith, plus defensemen Scott Kishel, Kyle Atkins and Nicolas Thommen, who is still junior eligible and is probably a player more for 2013-14.

I can't imagine there will be as much fighting Sunday, but who knows. I didn't expect it tonight.

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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