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K's lose 6-3

The Komets lost 6-3 to the Evansville IceMen in the first of two exhibition games at Memorial Coliseum.

The game had five fights, including four in the second period.

Fort Wayne's goals were scored by Cory Park, Kyle Atkins (power play) and Linus Werneman (power play).

Evansville got goals from Aaron McGill, Domenic Recchia and two apiece from Tommy Lange and Dylan Gilbert. Gilbert is the son of former NHL player Greg Gilbert, who played alongside IceMen coach Rich Kromm with the Islanders.

Gerry Festa stopped 11 of 16 shots for Fort Wayne. Francois Lacerte stopped 6 of 7. Evansville's Paul Karpowich, who started, stopped 19 of 20. Peter Skoggard turned away 3 of 5.

The team play again Sunday at the Coliseum.

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