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ECHL rule book

In review of loss

Here is the game story off the Komets' 2-1 loss to Toledo from Friday night: Click here to read it and watch the video, which is highlighted by terrific goaltending.

For those of you wondering about the penalty shot awarded to Brett Smith, personally, I don't think it should have been one.

But I'm in the minority. It's open to interpretation, to me, because he got an excellent scoring chance off. The question is: Would he have gotten a "more reasonable" scoring chance off?

The photo above has the rules spelling out the criteria for a penalty shot, so you can decide yourself. Think of it this way: Smith got a better scoring chance on the break that caused the penalty shot than he did on the penalty shot itself.

It's an interesting discussion, anyway, though I have heard from multiple referees today saying they believe it was a correct call that was made.

By the way, Swikar Patel has a lot of great photos off the game: Click here.

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