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See all the fights, some goals

The Komets' 5-4 overtime loss to Wheeling wasn't always pretty, but it had some memorable highlights. Check them out. From Nov. 23, 2013.

Coach calls out K's players

And Indianapolis is joining ECHL

To follow up on an earlier post, I can now confirm that Indianapolis is joining the ECHL.

A press release sent to the media read: "Pro hockey is on its way back to Indianapolis! An ownership group led by Indy businessman Jim Hallett is leading the charge for a new ECHL ('AA'-level) hockey franchise to 'drop the puck' in the Circle City, looking towards the newly-renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum as "home ice" for the 2014 season."

If you are a Fort Wayne fan, that's about the only good news of the night, after Fort Wayne twice coughed up leads in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Wheeling Nailers.

Mike Ratchuk had the winner.

(See the three fights and the goals in the video above. Click here to see photos.)

After the game, coach Gary Graham called out some of his players. Here's what he said ...

"It's time to name names," Graham said. "Mike Vaskivuo and Mickey Lang are just playing awful, turning the puck over everywhere. They will not buy in, won't work on the defensive side of the puck. Nick Tuzzolino and Jace Coyle were awful, absolutely awful.

"The mental weakness on our bench is palpable. It's a major problem, a big problem and it's not going to be tolerated. These guys have a chance to go to Evansville and show something. I hope they do. But the leash is extremely short right now."

Of the players Graham scolded, Lang and Tuzzolino are the most interesting. Lang leads the Komets in goals (10) and points (18). Tuzzolino, the Komets' captain, is a team-worst minus-17.

"He's playing like the seventh defenseman right now," Graham said.

"The worst part is the finger pointing. Nobody wants to look in the mirror. We're just playing awful. I feel bad for Reichard and the 12 to 14 guys who actually checked in to play tonight. I feel bad for our fans, who had to witness that."

But Graham said there are plenty of players he can get if he needs to make changes.

"I've got irons in the fire everywhere, that's for sure," he said.

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