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Ice Chips

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    You may have heard that Darryl Bootland has defected from the CHL's Allen Americans to join a team in the ECHL. It's not the Komets, according to general manager David Franke.
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    There is a possibility the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters and Grand Rapids Griffins will play an exhibition game at Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 4.

A little bit better

In my opinion, the Komets had nowhere to go but up after Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

And they have.

They lead Gwinnett 1-0 after one period at Memorial Coliseum, thanks to Josh Brittain's goal off the rebound of a Brandon Marino shot.

Still, the Komets don't look great. It seems like 60 percent of their passes in the defensive zone are intercepted. That's not good. The Komets also need someone other than Marino and Brittain to start scoring.

However, goaltender Charlie Effinger has looked very good in stopping 10 shots; he hadn't played since opening night Oct. 12.

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