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Ice Chips

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Pregame primer

Heading into the second of back-to-back games between the Komets and Florida Everblades -- the Everblades won 6-3 on Friday night -- there are a couple of interesting storylines.

Fort Wayne's Brandon Marino is now tied for third in the ECHL with 66 points. He's three points back of Florida's Mathieu Roy and seven behind Gwinnett's Casey Pierro-Zabotel.

Also, after some trash talking last night, anyone else think Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Brent Henley kind of have to fight tonight? I do.

By the way, Jeff Deslauriers has started seven straight games for the Koemts since being sent down by Anaheim of the NHL. I would expect him to play most of the games the remainder of the season, though I wouldn't be surprised if Charlie Effinger gets the nod tonight.

Fort Wayne has only 23 goals over the last 12 games.

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