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Brittain called up

The Anaheim Ducks sent the Fort Wayne Komets a little New Year's Eve surprise. Or actually a not-so-little surprise.

Assistant general manager Bob Ferguson of the AHL Norfolk Admirals announced today that the Ducks have reassigned Josh Brittain from the Komets to the AHL Norfolk Admirals, and returned goaltender Marco Cousineau to Fort Wayne.

It's a major shakeup for the Komets, for whom Brittain, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward, has been one of the major offensive cogs. He leads the team in in goals (13), power play goals (3) and plus-minus rating (plus-10), and is second in scoring (27 points) and third in assists (14). The Ducks reassigned Brittain to the Komets on Oct. 12.

As for Cousineau, he returns to the Komets after being called up to Norfolk Dec. 15. In Fort Wayne, he appeared in three games, posting a 1-1-0 record with a 3.71 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.

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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 jcohn@jg.net.

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