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Gut-check time for Komets

The Komets' players had better be on watch. I know management isn't too keen about the current slide of four losses in five games and is evaluating the personnel.

I was asked by a member of the staff what I thought. Here's what I told them, which shouldn't be new to any regular readers here: "I have thought all season you were two players short, especially on defense."

I think there are two levels of accountability right now.

The players and coaches need to be accountable for the inconsistency. In Friday's 5-2 loss at Kalamazoo, Mich., the Komets looked great for two periods and then abhorrent in the third. And all the penalties, well, that's an old storyline with the Komets.

But management needs to realize, too, that it talked a big game about how this was a buyer's market and there were all these players out there because of the lockout. So how are we near the end of November and one of the best players Friday was Mike Hoban, fresh from the Federal Hockey League?

Here is the game story off Friday's game: Click here.

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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