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Ice Chips

  • Some must-read stuff
    Komets coach Gary Graham arranges competitions within practices to determine the best breakaway players on his team. And while it's not as risqué as it sounds, one of the games is “strip shootout.”
  • Pretty great highlights
      Check out the video highlights above from the Komets 2-1 victory over the Indy Fuel in an overtime shootout at Memorial Coliseum.
  • K's douse Fuel with shootout win
    Komets forward Eric Faille left the game for a spell in the third period, after he took a stick to the face that required stitches.But he returned and it was a good thing for the Komets; he had one of their two goals in an overtime shootout,

Komets surging in East

Don't look now, but the Komets (12-9-1) now have the sixth-best winning percentage in the ECHL's Eastern Conference.

What a difference a couple weeks makes.

Not that they're yet playing to their potential, but considering all the injuries and the schedule they are having to endure, that's pretty good.

"It's a tough stretch of games coming up. We have a pretty busy schedule before Christmas. Everyone is working hard," said Josh Brittain, who had a hat trick in Wednesday's 7-3 victory over Kalamazoo.

"We're doing the right things off the ice. Everyone is practicing hard. Our team right now is really pulling our game together and making sure we're doing the right things on and off the ice."

Thanks to LaMond Pope for filling in for me Wednesday. Click here to read his game story.

Brent Henley has a penalty in 11 straight games. That's the longest such streak in the league this season. Daniel Maggio has one in eight straight, tied for the third-longest run.

This weekend will be a bit of a homecoming for goalie Kenny Reiter, who hails from Pittsburgh. The Komets play at Wheeling, W.Va., on Saturday, about an hour from his home.

I doubt we will see any players, including Colin Chaulk or Eric Giosa, return to the lineup this weekend. Why push it?

By the way, I didn't think our video would end up being analyzed as if it were from the grassy knoll: 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