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Not impressed ... yet

Well, the good news is that a couple of players have really stood out to me so far at Memorial Coliseum.

The bad news is they play for the Evansville IceMen.

Left wing Dylan Gilbert has both goals for Evansville, which leads 2-0 after one period in the first of two exhibition games between the teams. The first goal came after the puck took a funny hop off the boards and gave him an empty net. The second was during a 5-on-3 power play.

Gilbert is the son of Greg Gilbert, who played alongside IceMen coach Rich Kromm with the New York Islanders and coaches Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League.

The IceMen goalie, Paul Karpowich also looks good with eight saves.

For Fort Wayne, it looked good for about seven minutes, then very average. Patrick Knowlton is the one who has stood out to me.

By the way, I was wrong. Dennis Hextall, the former IHL commissioner, is here. He's with Jerry Pateman, the supervisor of officials.

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