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Komets great Carey Lucyk, right, battles for the puck Sunday in an alumni game, which Toledo won 8-7 in an overtime shootout.

Great memories despite loss

Toledo alumni bests Komets legends

TOLEDO – No one in the game between Komets Legends and Toledo Alumni was in a stranger position than goaltender Doug Teskey, who played for both teams Sunday afternoon.

"I've got to say, Fort Wayne was my start. I spent three years there," Teskey said, after he stopped 4 of 5 shootout attempts for Toledo in an 8-7 victory.

"I loved the city. I loved management, everything about it, the personalities there. And then I spent two years here in Toledo and I loved it here. I just had a lot of fun today. The adrenaline carried me through the weakening lungs."

Teskey, 37, started for the Komets and stopped 22 of 23 shots, as Fort Wayne built a 4-1 lead.

He took a 10-minute break – Tony Manning replaced him in the Fort Wayne net – then stopped 6 of 9 shots in the third for Toledo.

In the shootout, former Fort Wayne teammate Kelly Hurd was the only player to best him – with a high, glove-side shot.

"I used to think he always dangled the snake tongue," said Teskey, who played for the Komets from 1999 to 2002. "He'd always make a move. So I stuck it (the stick) out there and he rifles one by me."

The Komets were led by a goal and three assists from Dale Baldwin. They also got two goals from Adam Lewis, and one apiece from John Hilworth, Kelly Perrault, Martin Burgers and Scott Collins, who didn't play professionally.

Toledo's Taylor Raszka scored three times. Teammates Dave Falkenberg and Nick Parillo scored in the shootout at the Huntington Center, where about 1,000 fans watched the game.

"It was a close game, but you still want to win," Burgers said. "That never leaves you. I think everybody had a lot of fun out there and that's what you always miss, the guys in the dressing room and the camaraderie.

"We are all a little bit older. I'm going to be 63 next month and it's been 22 years since I officially laced them up (for the Komets). But hockey is something that never leaves you. This was a lot of fun and it was good for everybody."

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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