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Lasch named ECHL player of week

Ryan Lasch of the Komets is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Dec. 10 to 16, the league announced today.

Lasch, 24, is the first Komet to win the honor this season.

He scored four goals, added five assists and was a plus-six last week as the Komets posted a 2-1-1 record, the ECHL said in a statement.

Lasch opened the week with three assists and a plus-three rating in a 7-3 win against Kalamazoo on Wednesday. He followed that up with a three-goal performance in a 6-4 loss at Reading on Friday, and tallied a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss at Wheeling on Saturday. He ended the week with an assist in a 2-1 victory over Kalamazoo on Sunday.

A native of Lake Forest, Calif., Lasch has five goals and nine assists with Fort Wayne this season. Under contract to the Anaheim Ducks, Lasch also has a goal and three assists in 11 games with Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

On behalf of Lasch, a case of pucks will be donated to a Fort Wayne youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL, the league said.

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