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Ice Chips

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Training camp report

The Komets just completed their first day of training camp and the thing that stands out: This team has a lot of speed.

(Click here to read today's camp primer. And I will have video highlights later today.)

"I liked a lot of guys. Mickey Lang and his speed, that's what I remember the most," coach Gary Graham said after the afternoon scrimmage.

"I like the speed factor. I thought Paul McIlveen's speed was really evident. Mike Vaskivuo looked really sharp, and I liked the conditioning that he was in.

"Nick Tuzzolino, I really liked the fact that he was vocal. You can definitely tell that Nick is a guy who has been a leader on past teams. And I really like that. He's communicating with his team and asking questions in practice, which is a positive sign being an older guy. Those are thing things that stood out to me."

The scrimmage was won 3-0 by the white team, which got goals from Jeremy Gates, Kyle Bochek and John Dubar.

Gates scored on an odd-man rush with a 20-foot shot. Bochek capitalized on a lot of hitting from his line and scored from the left circle. And Dunbar scored on a late breakaway.

Other guys who I thought looked sharp: goaltenders John Muse and Larkin Saalfraank, Scott Fleming and Bobby Hughes.

Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock started slow but looked really sharp by the end and helped set up Bochek's goal.

Among those watching practices were Bloomington coach Briant Gratz (a native of Fort Wayne), Pensacola coach Rod Aldoff (a former Komets player) and Dayton assistant coach Jack Collins.

The ice at Memorial Coliseum wasn't great. In the morning, Kyle Follmer injured his groin in a rut. Vaskivuo also left the scrimmage late with an undisclosed injury.

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