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Ice Chips


Brittain is surging

Josh Brittain had two goals and an assist Friday, leading the Komets to a 5-2 victory over the Evansville IceMen at Memorial Coliseum.

In his last seven games, Brittain has six goals.

In his first two professional seasons combined -- including the playoffs -- he had only 11 goals for Elmira of the ECHL and Syracuse of the higher-level American Hockey League.

"I've really found my groove," he said. "I worked really hard over the summer and I'm really trying to shape my game. Obviously I have some great linemates, and Brandon Marino and (Colin Chaulk) are just finding me out there on the ice. They're making it easy for me."

Remember, Jean-Michel Rizk has a goal in four-straight games, too.

This was the 4,500th game in Komets' history. They are are 2,323-1,732-445 all-time.

As for that dominating second period that turned the game around, Komets coach Al Sims said: "In the second period, we really dominated. We got things to the net, got ourselves to the net and both goals were rebound goals. … Up 2-1 going into the third period, we have a lot of confidence that we can win those games."

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