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Ice Chips

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    The Reading Royals are the defending champions of the ECHL, and it would be naïve of the Komets to think it would be easy to unseat them.
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    The Komets rely on their veterans to temper the enthusiasm of the highs and get through the frustration of the lows. And no one in the locker room is more even keel than Aaron Clarke, a 31-year-old forward.
  • Royals bolstered
    The Reading Royals' lineup was bolstered today, as Dustin Gazley was sent down by Hershey of the American Hockey League. He had eight goals and 15 points in 42 games with Hershey.

An interesting thing

After they lost 4-2 to the Cincinnati Cyclones tonight at Memorial Coliseum, this was pointed out to me by the Komets: Cincinnati has 15 players on its roster contracted to higher-level teams, while Fort Wayne has seven.

That's staggering if you think about it.

"They are really good," said Jean-Michel Rizk, who scored, as did Corey Elkins. "They are really good on transition. That's a team that you have to make sure you take care of the puck against. That's something we talked about before the game; they're a quick transition team and they score on their chances. They don't need 10 chances to score. But it's good for us to play them. They are upper-level players and it will make us better to play them."

The Komets had a lot of energy tonight. I thought they played well, considering how good Cincinnati is and that it leads the North Division.

Not sure if Luca Caputi or Matt Firman will be able to play Saturday at Cincinnati. They have undisclosed injuries. I've also heard rumbling another player may be called up, but I can't confirm that at this point.

Even though the Komets dropped this game, this is back-to-back strong efforts by them against two of the best teams in the ECHL, Gwinnett (who they beat 4-2) and Cincinnati.

I'd say things are looking up.

Oh, and by the way, what do you think of Marco Cousineau? He's better than I thought. Not that I thought he was bad, but he makes some really good saves.

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