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Lang's postgame comments

Mickey Lang had a hat trick in the Komets 5-4 victory at Evansville today, a day after being one of the players called out by coach Gary Graham.

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"We played better and had a more complete game," said Lang, whose teammates, Brandon Marino and Scott Fleming, also scored.

As for being criticized by Graham, Lang said: "Yeah, I was obviously upset and so was (Mike) Vaskivuo, my roommate. But I think we have broad shoulders and we can take criticism and understand that we have to be committed to playing smart in both ends and valuing the puck.

"Coach is competitive and wants to win and I know Vaskivuo and I are the same way. Vaskivuo had a huge game tonight and is always positive and always looking to help the team win."

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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